The Dallas Mavericks know that they have the right pieces in place but know that they are perhaps a player or two away from being an NBA title contender. With the NBA offseason underway, the Mavericks will skim the market for options. There are big names but one that stands out is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
As most know, the Bucks have yet to secure Antetokounmpo moving forward. A supermax deal is believed to be in the works but nothing close to that has happened thus far. Milwaukee could pitch one this 2020-21 NBA season. But until that happens, the Mavs and other teams will be keeping tabs and explore options with the two-time NBA MVP.
Joining the Mavericks could make sense for Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” has been awed by Doncic, someone he has spoken highly off since the Slovenian guard entered the league in 2018, Marca reported.
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"People in the NBA sometimes forget that in the EuroLeague competition, they play very well and very hard. It's harder than the NCAA," Antetokounmpo said. "You have to be very good to stand out in the EuroLeague, and Luka is."
Antetokounmpo did not mince words as well when Doncic came up with a monster performance in April, praising him for a triple-double performance.
“Makes his teammates better. Talented. Really talented. One of the most talented players I’ve ever played against,” Antetokounmpo said via Ben Golliver over at Twitter.
Aware that they have two European players who are key blocks to possibly winning an NBA title, adding a third superstar could be the only thing left. Dallas is believed to be open to adding another superstar but will need to make room. Any player on the roster aside from Doncic and Porzingis are reportedly available for trade, hopefully enough to snag a player in the mold of Antetokounmpo, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Until that opportunity comes, the Mavericks are focusing on the 2020 NBA Draft. They own the 18th and 31st picks for the upcoming draft, something that may not be enough to take in a promising young star.
Dallas is open to trading up the top 10, hoping to take in another player who could work in hand with Doncic and Porzingis. Among the players that could make sense include Deni Avdija, an Israeli player who has reportedly impressed some teams during a recent workout.