Despite two match points against the Clippers, Dallas has still not won a single playoff series since winning the title in 2011. But with a phenomenon like Luka Doncic, all hopes are possible for the years to come, provided the ‘surround yourself with a much better workforce.
This is why the management of the Mavericks will attack this offseason with one goal in mind: to offer a quality “supporting cast” to support the Slovenian.
Asked at a press conference on the current state of the troops, Donnie Nelson nevertheless emphasizes that the team is on an upward slope “We are progressing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s with 17, 16 or 15 players, we think we have good players who bring a certain versatility around Luka. “
An envelope to surround Doncic
That said, GM is already thinking about next season. “If we can add veterans with experience, it is obvious that we will not hesitate and that we will try something either through an exchange or on the free agent market. But we really like our development and the cohesion of our team. ”
To attract experienced players, the Texas franchise can sell its project around its Doncic genius. Amazing for his first two playoff campaigns, Doncic has proven that he is one of those rare superstars around whom you can build a workforce to win the Grail.
Especially with “only” 90 million dollars guaranteed next year, Dallas has a decent room for maneuver with more than 20 million dollars to recruit. “We are going to have a little direction for free agency. There will be opportunities to make some changes in our workforce. We will be aggressive during the offseason. It’s a big summer ahead of us. We are impatient to add more rooms to the building because we have seen a lot of pleasant things. We have a few young people who work very well together. “
Rick Carlisle wants defenders
With 10 players under contract next year including Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks will already try to extend Tim Hardaway Jr. who is coming off a good season at 16.6 points and almost 40% at 3-points. If JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli should not see their stay extended, perhaps Boban Marjanovic will be granted a place at the end of the bench. Disappointing since leaving Miami, Josh Richardson should take his player option to $ 11.6 million while Dallas will undoubtedly activate the team option to 1.6 million for Jalen Brunson.
Either way, Rick Carlisle already knows what profile he wants to see come to Texas. “It would be nice to find a strong defenseman who is good at 3-pointers and plays straightforward… We’re going to do everything we can to improve the squad and we’re always looking for defensive players. “
This “3-and-D” profile is highly sought after, and there will be competition.
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