The The Dallas Mavericks have played well this postseason, but talent upgrades are still needed to take it to the next level. Although the Mavs fought fiercely in their semi-final series with league-leading Phoenix Suns, they are still in a 3-2 hole and were exhaled in all three losses as Game 6 is looming Thursday night.
Dallas has some really good, homegrown talent on its roster in the form of player roles as well Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleberwho both evolved into key 3-iD strikers after initially being free players without a draft.
The Mavs also have Jalen Brunson, who was drafted in the second round of the 2018 draft after Luka Dončić. Brunson had a breakthrough in the postseason as he averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists with 45.9 percent of shots from the game in 11 games. He assumes that in less than two months he will receive a significant salary increase in unlimited free mediation.
Despite some bright spots on the Mavs ’list, their overall talent is lacking compared to what a team like the Suns with 64 wins can offer. Technically, Mavs could they still come back and win the series against Phoenix, but the odds are not in their favor – 82 percent of teams continue to win the series after taking a 3-2 lead. And if Dallas does lose, the focus must be on upgrading the roster that the team can truly take to the next level.
When exploring the NBA landscape in search of impressive but affordable store options for the Mavs this offseason, one name that comes to mind is Orlando Magic striker Jonathan Isaac.
The former No. 6 in the 2016 draft has not played in an NBA game since Orlando Bubble 2020 when he tore up the ACL. At the time of the injury, Isaac had average career results in points (11.9), rebounds (6.8), steals (1.6), blocks (2.3) and percentage of goals from the game (47%) while played 28.8 minutes per game.
The Mavs discovered first hand in that 2019-2020 season how useful Isaac can be at both ends of the field, as he scored 13 points (5-8 shots), 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and six blocks against them. in a one-point defeat for the Magic on November 6, 2019. Isaac was the best in the +15 team in that game.
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Given the fact that he hasn’t played for two years, Isaac, who still has three full-year contracts worth $ 52 million, could be the type worth taking a risk with. Here’s a trading scenario we might see pays off for both sides:
Mavs prima: Jonathan Isaac
Magic receives: Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and two future second round draft menus
We’ve already talked about how Orlando’s great man Mo Bamba could potentially flourish alongside Doncic if the Mavsi eventually persecute him in limited free representation. If the Mavs really wanted to get the most for their money in this hypothetical scenario, they might even want to consider throwing a spade in the first round and another player to make the salary work to receive Isaac and Bamba time at the same time.
Conversations like this usually heat up as we approach the end of the NBA season. Given that the draft is June 23, we won’t have to wait long to see what moves the teams want to make.