The Dallas Mavericks had an impressive 2021-22 season. The Mavs created an identity and, led by the strong play of Luka Doncic, made it to the Western Conference Finals. The 23-year-old still is early in his career arc and has cemented himself as the face of the franchise. Even with Doncic in hand, Dallas has a great deal of work to do to improve its playoff chances moving forward.

The most notable loss this offseason has been Jalen Brunson. The former Villanova standout served as an ideal co-star to Luka Doncic. Brunson just had a career-best season, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds. He stuck a nice balance of being willing to play off-ball or create for himself when the time was right. Brunson will leave some large shoes to fill for the Mavs moving forward.

So far in free agency Dallas has handed out contracts to JaVale McGee and Theo Pinson. While both are fine signings, there is much more that still needs to be done, even after also trading for Christian Wood before the draft. The Mavs have been connected to Kyrie Irving following Kevin Durant’s trade request, which set the NBA world in flames. While Irving is a tempting target, Dallas must be very calculated in what its next moves are.

Here are two moves for the Mavs to make next to continue setting themselves up for success.

 

Mavs get: Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Charles Bassey, 2024 second-round pick

Sixers get: Reggie Bullock, Davis Bertans, Dwight Powell

While Tobias Harris may not be the prime-time target many have in mind, he would be a nice fit for Dallas. Harris has had a turbulent career in which his role has drastically changed just about every year. The 29-year-old has already been traded five times throughout his career. The Tennessee product has career averages of 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He is coming off a playoff run in which he played some of his most effective basketball and is the odd man out in the Sixers’ current core.