Dallas Mavericks: What’s so bad about exploring options?

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The Dallas Mavericks can go in a lot of different directions this offseason. They can trade Kristaps Porzingis and try to get someone who works alongside Luka Doncic (on either end of the court would be nice), or they can trade some of their friendlier contracts to bring in a bona fide scorer. That would sure be nice.

The Mavs also have money to spend and could attack free agency this summer. It may not be littered with talent like we once hoped, but there’s multiple upgrades out there that would fit nicely.

The Dallas Mavericks don’t seem to be considering all of their options this offseason

Most importantly, the Dallas Mavericks can retool their structure and overall philosophy. With Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle gone, they aren’t married to an identity. The only thing they’re completely committed to is superstar, Luka Doncic. And Luka is one of the most versatile weapons in the NBA. It stands to reason he’d fit well in darn near any system you could imagine.

There’s never been a better time than right now to explore new and exciting options for the Dallas Mavericks. Yet, according to recent reports, Mark Cuban isn’t interested in doing so…

One would think the Dallas Mavericks would, at the very least, kick the tires on a couple highly regarded options such as these. But if reports can be trusted (and these specific sources usually can), Cubes isn’t even thinking about it.

Luka Doncic is going to sign that big supermax extension. We don’t have to worry about that. What we have to worry about is five years down the road. At the time Luka hits his prime, he’ll also hit free agency.

If the Dallas Mavericks aren’t winning and doing things to his satisfaction, he’s as good as gone. That’s the beauty of free agency – it not only empowers the players to pursue their best opportunity, but it also pressures teams to do what’s right over what’s comfortable.

If the Mavs are going to pick an identity for the next five years, it’s right now. They get to mix things up ONCE for Luka. There won’t be a second chance. That’s why it’s curious Mark Cuban is so honed in on a direction.

We assume that direction is Michael Finley. And Finley may indeed be the best man for the job. I know I like the idea of Fin running the show. But he’s not what people would call a home run hire. He’s more of double the runner legs out. Again – that may be the smart move but are we not even going to consider one of those homerun hitters?

Is it possible Mark Cuban already knows what he’s going to do and is using the hiring firm more for the optics of the situation than functionally? I’d say so. We’ll see how this all shakes out but right now it’s hard to be excited about the direction of this franchise this summer.

Like I tell my minimalist friends – options are good. Just because decisions are hard doesn’t mean they should be avoided. I don’t think Cubes is hiding from tough decisions (the guy loves them), which is why I suspect he’s essentially made up his mind.

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I guess we just sit back and see how this unfolds. Nothing’s official until it is.

  • Published on 06/23/2021 at 17:01 PM
  • Last updated at 06/23/2021 at 13:47 PM