The Dallas Mavericks have already seen some major changes occur this NBA offseason. Long-time front office member Donnie Nelson and the organization parted ways. One day later, head coach Rick Carlisle followed him out the door.
The brain trust of the organization looks a lot different and the product on the court should as well. Dallas has lost two consecutive years in the first round to the LA Clippers, as playoff frustrations are beginning to mount.
The Mavericks haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since 2011 when they won the NBA Championship. That is a streak they need to snap as soon as possible, otherwise, rumors will undoubtedly begin popping up that Luka Doncic could be looking to move on elsewhere.
Dallas has done the hardest part in finding a star to build their franchise around. Now, they just have to continue building up the roster around him. Kristaps Porzingis has not been a consistent sidekick for him since being acquired from the New York Knicks, but the Mavericks will have to make it work with the interest in trading for him minimal.
With this offseason possibly being the last one for the foreseeable future that the Mavericks can make a major splash, they have to go big in finding help for Doncic.
Here are three perfect free agency targets that the Dallas Mavericks must consider this offseason.
3. Gary Trent Jr.
The performance by Kristaps Porzingis in the postseason has made some cause for concern for the Dallas Mavericks. His disappearing act offensively is something they cannot afford to have happened, as Luka Doncic was left virtually by himself carrying the offense.
Finding another consistent scorer would be smart, and Gary Trent Jr. could be that guy. Trent is a restricted free agent this summer with the Toronto Raptors, but Dallas should offer him a massive offer sheet to pair him in the backcourt with Doncic.
Gary Trent Jr. is only 22-years old, so he fits the long-term timeline in Dallas. He has already proven that he is a walking bucket and it will not be long before he is scoring well over 20 points per game.
He is a career 39.3 percent 3-point shooter and is only scratching the surface of his potential as his role expanded with the Portland Trail Blazers and Raptors this past season.
The former Duke product will have to round out the rest of his game, as Gary Trent Jr. doesn’t offer much in terms of rebounding or assisting, but he is a promising defender. Standing 6’5” with a 6’9” wingspan, Trent can be a difference-maker on that end of the court with the ability to defend three positions.