The Dallas Mavericks playoff run has officially ended after losing game six to the Clippers 111-97. Dallas were without Kristaps Porzingis in the last three games of the series who suffered a knee injury earlier in the series. Dallas could not force a game seven yesterday in their final game of the season. They were neck and neck with the Clippers in the first quarter and ended the quarter with a five point lead. But in the second LA shut down the Mavs to only 17 points in the second quarter and ended the half with a six point advantage. The Clippers out scored the Mavericks in the second half by eight points to give them a victory.
Kawhi Leonard lead the way for LA with a 34 point, 14 rebound double-double. For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic almost head another triple-double but fell just short with 38 points and nine rebounds and assists. Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. were the only other Mavericks to have double digits in points with 16 for Finney-Smith and 10 for Hardaway Jr. The loss of Kristaps Porzingis greatly affected the Mavs chances on upsetting the Clippers, they clearly missed him on the offense and also on the defense, especially in their game 5 loss where they allowed 154 points.
It’s time to look ahead to the offseason for Dallas where they will have the 18th pick in the NBA draft. After the draft the NBA will have the free agency period start on October 18th which is a lot later then it normally is. This season the free agency class is also not amazing. Headlined by Anthony Davis who will almost for sure re-sign with the Lakers. The Mavericks will have seven players head to free agency with the top name being Tim Hardaway Jr. who averaged a little over 19 points in the series against the Clippers. Courtney Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein, who both missed out on the restart, will also head to free agency along with JJ Barea, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh Reaves and Antonius Cleveland. There is also the trading block where the Mavs could also look to improve their team.
The Mavericks will most likely look to target a few players who can play defense and hit the three to add to their roster during the draft and in free agency. The Mavericks will most likely not do a big trade this offseason considering they don’t have that much to offer. The Mavs wont be able to trade a first round pick after their 2020 pick until the 2025 draft because of the Stepien rule which prevents teams from trading first round picks in consecutive years after the Cavs once had traded away five first round picks in a row.
If Dallas does decide to try some trades who could they trade for? One position that the Mavericks were weak at this season was the center position. One player that could fit it with Dallas is Myles Turner who gre up in the Dallas area from the Indiana Pacers. It looks like the Pacers could be entering rebuild mode and trading away a lot of their players after star Victor Oladipo said he wants a trade and they fired head coach Nate McMillan. While Dallas doesn’t have much to offer they could decide to resign Tim Hardaway Jr. and then put him in a deal to grab Turner with a couple other players and a second round pick.
As the Mavericks will most likely look for some wing players who can shoot, Danny Green could be a possible trade option. Green has shown in the past that he can be a great shooter and was a big part of the Raptors title run in 2019 shooting 46% from three that season. During the Playoffs this year the veteran has struggled shooting the ball which is not a good sign but it could also lower his trade value significantly. The Mavs could offer Seth Curry to the Lakers, the trade would improve Dallas on offense and on defense.