The Dallas Mavericks want to build an annual title contender around superstar Luka Doncic, and the fastest way is to add a second star player. That move was never coming this summer. Dallas lacked the trade assets, and Luka’s max extension pushed the team into the luxury tax for the first time since 2011.
It did not stop the Mavs from improving their roster. They traded for Christian Wood, signed JaVale McGee, and drafted Jaden Hardy. Dallas wanted to re-sign Jalen Brunson, but he left for New York in free agency. The Mavericks improved their size and frontcourt depth this summer, and the team still has one roster spot to fill.
Owner Mark Cuban brought Nico Harrison to Dallas to lead the front office because it improved their chances of attracting a star. The former Nike executive has ties across the league and a familiarity with recruiting talent. Can the Mavs acquire a second star in the summer of 2023?
NBA teams can acquire talent in three different ways. They can draft their best players, but that means taking a young talent and developing him into a star. That will be difficult for the Mavs because they will be selecting at the end of the first round. Teams can also sign free agents whose contracts have expired or trade for any player under contract.
The Dallas Mavericks are focused on the latter two to acquire a star, but only one makes sense if they are hoping to do it in 2023.