The Dallas Mavericks weren’t viewed as a potential contender at the beginning of the season. It wasn’t until we caught our first glimpse of 2019-20 Luka Doncic that we knew the Mavs could have something special brewing. With Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and a deep supporting cast, Dallas believes it has a legit shot at contending in the West. Outside of the locker room, people aren’t so sure. The Dwight Powell injury was a big blow and Doncic has dealt with ankle issues on a few occasions this season. Porzingis isn’t safe from the injury bug either. One block gets pulled out and the whole Mavericks Jenga comes falling down.
It was surprising to see the Mavs and owner Mark Cuban not make a significant move before the deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Mavericks had an expiring in Courtney Lee to move and have some assets to dangle as well. They could have made a run at a few veteran players — Marcus Morris or Andre Iguodala — to pad depth and provide some leadership in the locker room.
Instead, the Mavericks will go into the stretch run with the same group, which isn’t bad, but also doesn’t bring as much optimism. Like many teams who didn’t make a move at the deadline, the Mavericks should be active in the buyout market and could add a depth wing or forward. Still, it’s tough to see Dallas competing with the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets and Nuggets of the NBA in the postseason.