The NBA free agency deadline is less than 24 hours away, and the Dallas Mavericks are working their magic to build pieces around Luka Doncic. The team’s top priority will be retaining Kyrie Irving. Dallas acquired the star back in February in hopes of building a solid backcourt.
There is just one problem though: Irving is set to hit the market.
Earlier Thursday Morning, reports began to surface that Irving was set to take a meeting with the Phoenix Suns. Soon after, rumors began to surface that teams like the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers could all explore ways to lure Irving their way.
Expectations are that the eight-time all-star will resign with Dallas, but with all the breaking news this means it won’t be easy.
But should the Dallas Mavericks put all their effort towards resigning Irving? What if he decides to surprise everyone and sign elsewhere?
Re-signing Irving is a no brainer. Remember when the team first traded for him, the idea was to pair Irving next to Doncic, and keep him long term.
If you look at past history, Dallas has not done well in signing big name free agents. Losing another star on their roster would be devastating for them.
Now, if Irving surprises everyone and goes to another team, then the Dallas Mavericks will have to explore other options. One player to keep an eye on is Gabe Vincent, a player the team has been linked to assuming Irving leaves.
Other point guards to watch out for include Fred VanVleet, D’Angelo Russell and Patrick Beverly. In the past, Dallas has been linked to other free agent guards such as Dennis Smith Jr., Reggie Jackson and Goran Dragic. Assuming Irving does bail, then the Mavericks could use the extra money to lure one or two of the guars mentioned above.
Besides Irving, who are other players the Dallas Mavericks could lure to join the team?
Earlier this week, the Dallas Mavericks were connected to players Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond.
Brown would be the ideal wing asset the team is looking for. This past season he averaged 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting 48.3 percent. In the finals, he played a key helping the Denver Nuggets win the title as he scored 21 points in game four.
As for Drummond, he would be the ideal center to help the Dallas Mavericks solve their rebounding woes. He is a two-time all-star who averaged 6.6 rebounds in 12 minutes. For his career he averaged 12.7 rebounds. Offensively he is a great low post scorer who is excellent at second chances. Defensively he needs work, as he lacks the mobility to guard players down low.
Other players Dallas has shown interest in include: Grant Williams, and DeAndre Ayton/Pascal Siakam via trade.
So with all these players linked to the Mavs, what would the team’s perfect offseason consist of? What certain players would help the team reach the next level?
Last week, the team solved some of their offseason needs by drafting a defensive center who can be a building piece for the future. The team also traded for a veteran big man in Richaun Holmes.
While Dallas solved some of their offseason needs, there is work to be done.
Some of their issues include: finding a three & D wing, a veteran center, backup point guard and power forward.
Realistically, its hard to say what the perfect offseason would consist of. Maybe finding a third all-star, but that’s highly unlikely.
A starting rotation of Doncic, Irving, Brown, with Williams and Ayton would be ideal. This would give the team depth up front and star power down low, while also increasing their defensive rating. Throw in a bench of Reggie Bullock, Jaden Hardy (who could be interchangeable with Josh Green), and Maxi Kleber, plus a back up point such as Beverley or Smith Jr. with Holmes and Dereck Lively and this would be somewhat of a playoff contender.
Yet, with free agency underway anything is possible.
Free agents, rumors and trades OH MY!!!
- Published on 06/30/2023 at 11:12 AM
- Last updated at 06/30/2023 at 11:14 AM