After the Mavericks reached the 2021-22 Western Conference Finals, fans were left disappointed when the team didn't even make the NBA playoffs this past season.
The disappointing result forced general manager Nico Harrison to go out and bolster the team this offseason. Now, the Dallas faithful are left hoping that newcomers like Grant Williams, Richaun Holmes, and Dereck Lively II can help take the Mavs to the next level.
Even if the Mavericks have all the confidence in the world in their current roster, things can change quickly. All it takes is a player slumping or the right deal to come along to shake up the roster at any point during the 2023-24 campaign.
Keeping that in mind, here's a look at three Mavericks who won't be in Dallas by the end of the upcoming NBA season.
Mavericks Trade Candidates
1. JaVale McGee
It's more than likely that JaVale McGee has already played his last game in a Mavericks jersey.
Former team Director of Basketball Development Brian Dameris told ESPN's Tim McMahon in July that the veteran center isn't a part of the team's future. If the Mavericks can't trade McGee by training camp, he'll more than likely be waived.
A probable divorce isn't too surprising, though. The Mavs are talent-rich when it comes to big men, already boasting names like Williams, Lively, Holmes, Dwight Powell, and Maxi Kleber.
On top of that, McGee has a player option next offseason that's worst just over $6 million (Spotrac).
He'll likely pick up that option since he's unlikely to get more on the open market. Regardless of how you slice it, the Mavs can't afford to give that much money to a player who only averaged 8.5 minutes per game in 2022-23.
Moving on from McGee not prevents a log jam at his position, but also frees up space for the Mavericks to make a few more much-needed improvements.