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The Dallas Mavericks are in need of some changes to their roster if they want to compete for a championship alongside Luka Doncic. With the recent departure of Jalen Brunson in free agency, the team is in need of a new playmaker and an upgrade at the center position. However, the Mavericks’ 2023 first-round pick belonging to the New York Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade may make it difficult for them to make any deals. Despite this, the front office is determined to make moves before the trade deadline on February 9th.
Rumors have been circulating and the Mavericks have been linked to several potential players. The question remains, can they find a deal that works for them? Will they be willing to trade another first-round pick in order to improve their roster?
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Doncic is putting pressure on the organization to make moves before the deadline. The 23-year-old superstar wants to win and knows that he needs more talent around him to do so. MacMahon writes that Doncic “has strongly indicated he wants the Mav’s to upgrade before the Feb. 9 trade deadline”.
As the deadline approaches, there will be many big names available, but the question is whether any of them will be able to take the Mavericks to the next level and make them true contenders. With Doncic’s competitive nature and desire to win, the front office must make the right decisions or risk losing him in the future.
The next 12 months are crucial for the Mavericks and this trade deadline is just the beginning of building a championship team around Doncic. It will be important to keep a close eye on the Mavericks’ moves leading up to February 9th.