The Dallas Mavericks head into the upcoming 2021 NBA free agency with one goal in mind: surround star Luka Doncic with the best talent available.
The cries for “Luka needs help” were already ringing out during the Mavericks’ 2021 Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though Doncic had his way over the series with multiple 40+ points games, the Mavericks still came up short in the series as they were eliminated in six games.
As Doncic will now be heading into his fourth season in the NBA, there is now a sense of urgency for the team’s front office to build a championship-contending team around him.
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is the lone superstar talent that could end up becoming a free agent as he may be on the verge of declining his player option. Still, one recent report did note that Leonard is expected to re-sign with the team.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of available players that could help the Mavericks take the next step in the Western Conference, including with these three such talents.
The Mavericks could be on the verge of a notable overhaul with their depth at shooting guard. Tim Hardaway Jr. will hit free agency in the coming month, while Josh Richardson has a notable player option for the 2021-2022 season.
Dallas is expected to go all out to re-signed Hardaway, especially following his key performances over the recent playoff series against the Clippers. However, if the Mavs do throw in the towel and elect not to engage in a potential bidding war for Hardaway, then they could turn to Norman Powell as a viable Plan B.
Powell has already made a notable decision for his upcoming free agency period, as he declined the player option in his contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.