3 Mavericks on Thin Ice Heading Into the NBA Draft

These three Dallas Mavericks may find themselves squeezed out of a rotation spot during or after the 2024 NBA Draft.
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2. Josh Green

Another wing who may get squeezed out this offseason is Josh Green. The 23-year-old had a solid season in his fourth year with the Mavericks, hitting 38.5% of his threes, averaging 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in 26.4 minutes of action. He can hold his own defensively and is one of the few two-way players on the wing in Dallas.

However, he hasn't shown the development Dallas was hoping for when they signed him to a three-year, $41 million contract. That extension kicks in this year and runs through 2027. It's not necessarily a bad contract but Green hasn't shown enough to say that it is a team-friendly deal either.

If the Mavericks want to take the next step in their championship chase, they need to aim higher than Green. The Australian shooting guard will be a rotation player in the NBA for a long time but he has a limited upside. He is never going to be one of the best defenders of his position, and he doesn't have enough shot creation, playmaking, or offensive juice to be a difference-maker on that end.

Considering that he is still young, Green could have suitors in the trade market. Dallas should take advantage of that and move him while the iron is still hot. There is a chance Green's role will be reduced next year depending on the moves Dallas makes in the offseason. Using Green and other assets to upgrade his position would be a smart approach by the Mavericks.