The Dallas Mavericks have gone 4-1 during the month of February and have seem to have hit their stride lately, as Luka Doncic and friends are on a roll. Doncic is averaging over 30 points per game the past five contests. Along with that guard Reggie Bullock is rolling, as he is scoring nearly 18 points this month.
Yet, the Mavericks has been doing all of this without All-Star Kristaps Porzingis. And now the team will look to continue this trend as the “unicorn” has been shipped out of Dallas.
Earlier ESPN reported that the Mavs traded away their second best player to the Washington Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertrans.
What once was expected to the next big duo, is now over as KP’s days have sailed.
So what does the future hold for Dallas? How does this trade impact the Mavericks and what can fans expect? Why now?
As it stands, Dallas will continue to adjust to life around Doncic. Coach Jason Kidd has done an excellent job building the team as his starting system has allowed players such as Jalen Brunson, and Dorian Finney-Smith to develop into solid reliable assets.
Because of the big KP trade, Finney-Smith was able to sign a four-year $52 million dollar extension. What this means is Marc Cuban and company will also be able to create salary cap space in the summer to first re-sign Brunson and second sign other NBA stars to build around the future of their franchise.
This summer players such as Deandre Ayton, Zach Lavine and Bradley Beal are all expected to hit the free agency market and who can’t say Dallas won’t be able to attract other stars around their foundation.
Also, it is reported that Goran Dragic could finally become a Mav. The euro-star and Doncic’s great friend was recently traded to the San Antonio Spurs and it is reported that he could soon be released and own his way to Dallas.
So while it is sad to see KP go, there are so many “what ifs” that could take place.
Along with the possibility of pair ups this season, fans must not overlook the recent addition from Washington.
One player who is expected to make an impact right away is guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The 6’5 ball handler is currently averaging 12.9 points per game and close to six assists.
Some of his best games include a 27 point outing on January 15 against the Portland Trail Blazers, a 34 point performance against the Indiana Pacers and a 24 point, 11 assist game against the Miami Heat.
During the month of October he had his best outlook as he averaged 19 points on 42 percent shooting.
Having someone else who can play the point guard position will be beneficial whenever the team has Doncic or Brunson resting on the bench. Maybe I am overlooking things, but having a possible bench of Dragic, DinWiddie, Josh Green and Maxi Kleber could the next big thing.
While having a variety of guard shooting veterans is great, but the team might also use their extra money to sign players who could get bought out. Having Dwight Powell as your best big man might not be the best option.
Some players who could hit the market soon include Robin Lopez, Tristian Thompson and possibly Paul Millsap.
So Mavs’ fans it is too early to lost hope on a team that traded away their second best player. Also be on the lookout as Dallas could still make more money moves down the line.