Dallas Mavericks (3-13)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has so much emotionally invested in the result of his team that he’s actually come out and said that his team won’t tank, and for some reason insulted the 2017 draft class.
That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. Dallas needs to start planning for a post-Dirk Nowitzki future. The face of their franchise for almost two decades is now 38-years-old and the team is so thin he’s playing center.
Harrison Barnes is a solid player but he’s not a legitimate No. 1 option on offense. Dallas needs to add more pieces, and considering they strike out on the top free agents literally every summer they need to try another way.
It’s been pretty clear during Cuban’s time in Dallas that he doesn’t care very much for the draft. Between selling and trading multiple picks, the Mavs treat the draft like an afterthought.
Wesley Matthews signed a 4-year, $70 million contract in 2015 and his play his been largely disappointing. He’s 30-years-old and in 93 games with the Mavs the sharpshooter is scoring just 12.7 points on 38.1% shooting.
Dallas needs to consider a change. Moving Matthews would be a start. They won’t have Dirk to fall back on forever and as fantastic a coach as Rick Carlisle is even he’s 3-13 right now. That’s saying something.