The Dallas Mavericks shocked a lot of the NBA world with their play during the playoffs, but may need to look into trades this offseason to further improve the roster. Dallas looked dominant versus the Utah Jazz and rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns. The team looked like a shell of themselves in the Western Conference Finals versus the Golden State Warriors, however.
Atlanta Hawks receive Tim Hardaway Jr.
The Jazz may be on the verge of blowing their roster up after Quin Snyder departed. Teams will be calling the Jazz front office looking to snatch some of their players.
Bogdanovic played very well at most times versus Dallas in the playoffs. His shooting and scoring was always known, but he showed true grit and toughness. That, of course, will be welcomed in Dallas. He’s a better defender than most probably think, and he’ll be draining threes at a high rate in a Luka Doncic offense. Bogdanovic and Dorian Finney-Smith will be a very solid forward duo for Dallas. In addition, the Mavericks add a solid veteran like Gay for depth off the bench.
This is more of an eventual rebuild move for Utah. Gallinari can still play well and fill Bogdanovic’s role, but his large contract comes off the books after this coming season. Green was a first-round pick just a year ago, but sees limited playing time in Dallas. He has potential as a defensive stopper, which Utah sorely needs on their perimeter. Then, of course, two draft picks are involved.
Finally, Atlanta needs to add backcourt help for Trae Young. Hardaway Jr. is a former Hawk and a player who can score in bunches.
Dallas Mavericks receive Richaun Holmes.
Sacramento Kings receive Dwight Powell and the Dallas 2022 first-round pick.
The Mavericks’ lack of a big man was apparent in the playoffs. Warriors center Kevon Looney dominated the boards and had several easy baskets, which of course is a problem considering all of the Warriors’ offensive weapons. The center position has to be addressed.
Luckily for Dallas, a player like Holmes may be available. His role with the Kings diminished after they traded for Domantas Sabonis. As a full-time starter two seasons ago, Holmes averaged 14 points, eight boards, and two blocks per game. He’d protect the rim, but also be a major offensive weapon for Doncic.
Powell is known as a locker-room leader as well as a decent center. The playoffs made it apparent, however, that he can’t be starting for a team with title aspirations. That’s fine for Sacramento as he can come off the bench. In addition, his contract is up after this next season. Another added bonus here for Sacramento is the first-round pick as soon as this season. The Kings can try to add a quick impact bench player to help end their playoff drought.