Finding ways to get better this NBA offseason and potentially add another high-level talent to pair with Luka Doncic was the main goal of the Dallas Mavericks, yet they really did not improve too much in terms of overall roster talent. Dallas struck out on going after guys like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan and as a result, they settled with re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and they brought in wing Reggie Bullock.
The Mavericks also agreed to a long-term extension with Luka Doncic that will keep him in Dallas through the 2026-27 season. All-in-all, this was not a terrible offseason for the Mavs, but given that they had a ton of cap space and there were some notable names available, it is a little bit disappointing to not see them improve too much.
Now, they enter the 2021-22 season with basically the same roster from last year, but they are hoping that Kristaps Porzingis can get back to “full-speed” and be the impactful big man he was in New York prior to joining the Mavericks. This is definitely some wishful thinking, but Dallas may not be done in terms of building their roster to contend in the postseason.
Luka Doncic is going to only get better and could very much be in the running for league-MVP this season, but he is going to need other key talents around him in order for this team to actually make it out of the first-round for once.
With Maxi Kleber being their only true power-forward, going out near the trade deadline and acquiring another frontcourt option could be a move the Mavericks show interest in making, especially if Marvin Bagley III is available.
The Sacramento Kings have not really been anything special for what seems like decades now and in fact, they have missed the playoffs for 15 consecutive seasons. We might as well make it 16 years because while they may win a few more games this season, the Kings are still far away from being a true playoff team, especially when some of their players want out of their current situation.
It seems highly likely Marvin Bagley III will be on the move at some point during the 2021-22 season, that is unless a miracle happens and the Kings can convince him to stay long-term, which is why the Mavs could be a possible destination for him in a midseason trade.