The Dallas Mavericks were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers. They made it a series, but could not top the title favorites. There were plenty of positives to take away for the Mavs, though.
The team views it as just the beginning. Luka Doncic is already pushing his way into the top five players in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis gives Dallas two stars. The Mavericks have a solid cast of role players around them. They are just one or two pieces away from being yearly title contenders.
The Mavs are expected to be light on cap space, but they will have the mid-level exception at their disposal. One player they could be interested in signing is Serge Ibaka. Let us take a look at a bit of possible information, and how it could impact the Mavs future.
The Raptors were eliminated on Friday after losing in game seven to the Boston Celtics. ESPN’s Bobby Marks wrote the look ahead to their offseason (subscription required). He talks about Ibaka’s upcoming free agency. He notes the Mavericks and Trail Blazers are “possible suitors” at the midlevel exception.
The Mavs are looking for toughness. Ibaka is one of the toughest players in the league. The seven-footer brings floor spacing and plenty of playoff experience too. Ibaka won a ring with the Raptors in 2019. Dallas will be one of many teams with interest in the 30-year-old big man.
Expect the Mavericks to explore every option to improve their roster this offseason. They will try to maintain flexibility for the 2021 offseason when Dallas could have the space to land a superstar. There will still be plenty of veterans available that could make an impact on the Mavs this offseason. Stay tuned to see how they can improve their roster.
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