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For the second season in a row, the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs. It was a particularly disappointing bet for Luka Doncic, who has proven himself to be one of the league̵7;s best young players.
Doncic did everything he could to push the Los Angeles Clippers into seven games with an average of 35.7 points (the highest among all postseason players), 10.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting 49.0 percent overall and 40.8 percent out of three
The 22-year-old’s 46 points and 14 assists totaled 77 points at the end of the series. This was the most ever in a playoff game of 7 against Elias.
Still not enough to get the Mavericks out of the first round again.
It goes without saying that this is an important offseason in Dallas.
Change is essential for growth, but in what ways? What options does Mavs offer in the independent agency and marketplace? What does the future hold for Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Rick Carlisle? even though he is old But Dallas can’t stand Don Sig. Or risk being on the same path as another young superstar.
what are you working on
There doesn’t appear to be any major coaching changes in-store, as team owner Mark Cuban told ESPN’s Tim McMahon that Carlisle will keep his job.
The 61-year-old has been Dallas’ head coach since the 2008-09 season and won the title in 2011. Carlisle had yet to qualify for the first round of six times.
However, this is a problem in the list of players. As Dirk Nowitzki was entering the dark of his career with little talent until Doncic was drafted in 2018.
There are no changes to the head coach. What else needs to be the same?
Doncic remains on a rookie deal and will return. Mavs also has some outstanding contract role players, including Maxi Kleber ($8.9 million), Dorian Finney-Smith ($4.0 million) and Jalen. Brunson ($1.8 million) There’s no reason anyone shouldn’t be back.
Single celebrities are not enough
The overall problem with the Mavericks is the true average of teams outside of Don Sig.
Dallas finished 10th in net ratings this season (plus -2.3), although defensive concerns remain (112.3 overall, 21st). The Mavs are also near the middle of the pack. Three-point shooting (36.2 percent, 18) and reflexes (49.6 percent, 16), and although Doncic’s skill dropped to 28 percent in assists (55.7 percent).
The Mavs have played a good role in Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Richardson, Kleber, Brunson, Finney-Smith and sometimes even Trey Burke, with the main focus being on the team’s second star.
Dallas has an official Kristaps Porzingis issue.
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The raw numbers for the 25-year-old haven’t been bad this season. The 7’3″ power averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and was an effective spacer with 37.6 percent of the three.
Porzingis’ problem lies in both his injury history and his recent play-off performance. Especially for those who dominate the salaries of the Mavs with his highest contract.
Knee and ankle injuries have left him with just 43 games this season. Porzingis has not played in more than 66 matches since his rookie season in 2015-16 and missed his last three Mavs semi-final games last year. Last, after tearing up his meniscus
Although he has performed well in two of the three 2020 playoff games he has played in, Porzingis appears to have played a role in this latest series with the Clippers.
An average of 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 29.6% of three points was a big disappointment. Especially with smaller teams in Los Angeles. leaving the serge Ibaka was only 18 minutes away from injury when the Mavs wanted Porzingis to enforce his will. He continued to fail.
If the Mavs want to trade Porzingis this offseason, they won’t come close to what they had to sacrifice for him two years ago. He owes $65.5 million over the next two seasons. With $36 million in player options in 2023-24, it looks set to be picked up.
At least Dallas needs to explore the commercial market and see what offers from teams that are still willing to bet on his potential. Even finding a team with huge salary caps (San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder) to get Porzingis and his contract should be an option.
With Doncic looking like a true alpha, the Mavs needed a reliable second star to place beside him, Porzingis wasn’t.
free agency options
This offseason could be the Mavs’ last chance to use a free agency to redefine Doncic’s roster.
Doncic will be eligible to sign a maximum five-year, $195 million contract during this offseason. Locking Doncic as an extension would be a big deal for the franchise. But it greatly limits what teams can spend in 2022 and beyond, especially if Porzingis is still on the list.
This summer’s Dallas hat room will depend on Richardson, who has an $11.6 million player option that the Mavs should hope he will decline.
Had Richardson elected to be an independent agent, the Mavericks project would be worth $36.9 million in limited space. which is sufficient for the maximum contract If Richardson wants to reverse his options That figure will drop to $25.3 million. That’s more than enough to sign some really good players for sure, but it’s off-peak.
Dallas will have a full $9.5 million mid-range usage exemption.
However, this is not a great free agent class. This is because there are players who are expected to return to the current team or to make it through the prime.
Kawhi Leonard (Player Choice) did not leave the Clippers to join the team he has just dropped. John Collins, Jarrett Allen and Lonzo Ball were all restricted to Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley Jr. and Chris Paul (Player Choice). ) are all 33 years old and above, and it doesn’t solve any long-term problems with the Mavs.
Dallas’ best bets include DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Oubre Jr., Richaun Holmes and their own free agent Hardaway. Everyone is at the start of their career or year or two.
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The Mavs could make big deals for players like Collins or Allen and hope the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers don’t match up, but that could be the top deal for two men who don’t look like No. 2 options.
Talen Horton-Tucker Probably an interesting name, the 20-year-old Los Angeles Lakers winger has star potential and a limited free agent. With so many players in LA in need of new contracts, the Mavs could try making an offer that the Lakers don’t. can be compared
The Mavs are limited in commercial assets because of the deal for Porzingis with their 2021 and 2023 first-round selections to the New York Knicks. Dallas isn’t even eligible for this draft. They will settle in the second round for the New Orleans Pelicans in place of JJ Redick.
Due to the Mavs stepian rules, first-round picks cannot be traded again until 2025, but swaps for first-round picks in 2022 and 2024 can be offered.
Josh Green and Tyrell Terry are both new faces that can attract new production teams. Even if it doesn’t have a real chance to show what’s worth this season.
Dallas should keep an eye on good players. That may fall from the current team’s plans or play overpriced. This will reduce their trade value. That includes men like Buddy Hield, Steven Adams and Kemba Walker. CJ McCollum will also be a big commercial target if the Portland Trail Blazers decide to rock their list.
Unfortunately, the Mavs may not have the commercial assets to pull a deal for the real superstar. And will have to be creative by finding beginners or advanced players instead.
Avoid Quick Fixes
While the Mavs should be trying to win now, Doncic is only 22 and will likely sign a five-year extension this season. except for commercial needs He will be in the city for a while.
Dallas must avoid the mistake of another youth team trying to fill the gap around the phenomenon, as the Cavaliers did with LeBron James between 2003 and 2010.
Doncic is the most talented player we’ve seen in the league since James, and not even a four-time MVP averaged at least 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists over his first three seasons as Doncic. and only Oscar Robertson .
Like those Cavs, these Mavs are just too good. It’s too soon to pick up a pick in hopes of picking another star. Cleveland turned to free agencies instead. Having spent money on players like Larry Hughes, Donyell Marshall and Damon Jones after the failed pursuit of Ray Allen and Michael Redd, Dallas must use free agency money more wisely.
A bad contract eventually leads to a bad trade in the Cavs’ quest to find James as a best friend. The chairs on the Titanic were swapped from Hughes with aged Ben Wallace to recycled Shaquille O’Neal.
Of course, all of these failures made it easy for James’ decision to leave the unrestricted free agency—hopefully, Doncic’s decision won’t be made until 2027.
Dallas needs to find talent that continues to grow with the stars. Instead, look for a long-term solution instead of a year-over-year correction, as Redick Trade shows this season. Quick fixes rarely work.
Having Doncic accept a five-year extension is the most important part of the Mavericks’ offseason. This could be the team’s last chance to spend in free agency. It may be necessary to exchange Porzingis.