November 8, 2020, 6:15 pm
Mavs’ No. 18 pick ‘prevalent’ in trade talks — ESPN, November 9
Mavs reportedly trying to trade No. 18 for wing help — Bleacher Report, November 4
Aleksej Pokusevski an option for Mavs at No. 18 — Bleacher Report, October 29
Mavs hosting Tyrese Haliburton and Saddiq Bey for visits — Sports Illustrated, October 28
Mavs have made pick No. 18 available in trade talks — Sports Illustrated, October 14
Free Agency Rumors
Some in Mavs expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to opt in, Willie Cauley-Stein to opt out — Dallas Morning News, November 16
Mavs still targeting Danny Green — Dallas Morning News, November 16
Mavs could target Danilo Gallinari in free agency — SNY.tv, November 14
Mavs ‘chasing’ Spencer Dinwiddie, Zach LaVine, Victor Oladipo — The Ringer, November 12
Mavs could pursue Serge Ibaka — Heavy.com, November 8
How’d We Get Here?
The Mavs may have been bounced by a title-favorite Clippers squad, but they gave them a big scare. The Luka Doncic – Kristaps Porzingis connection was outstanding and gives the Mavs an elite young core to build around for years to come. The season-ending injury to Dwight Powell was a tough break but the Mavs kept on fighting and rode their star duo to a promising season that portends well for the future in Dallas. While a first-round loss definitely wasn’t the desired result, the Mavs look to be ahead of schedule thanks to Doncic’s brilliance.
Dallas was very open about its pursuit of wing help this offseason and largely delivered, focusing on versatile defenders with pickups of Josh Richardson and James Johnson while getting some great value throughout the draft. With Porzingis dealing with another health scare, the Mavs are going to hope that improved defensive personnel can help keep the team afloat in the interim.
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