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Mavs looking to surround Luka Doncic with ‘dogs’ next season


The Dallas Mavericks have made big strides since trading up for Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Dallas went 33-49 in Doncic’s rookie season, though the Slovenian won the Rookie of the Year Award. But armed with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis and reinforced by string bench additions such as Seth Curry, the team saw vast year-over-year improvement.

The Mavs won 43 games this year and even pushed the Los Angeles Clippers to six games in their first-round playoff series. Meanwhile, Doncic continued to cement his status as one of the game’s brightest stars with a historic sophomore campaign.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Mavs are hoping to surround Doncic with veteran players:

“Richard Jefferson is absolutely right,” MacMahon tweeted. “The Mavs will look to add a tough vet or two this offseason. That’s been the plan and this series has reinforced the reasoning. ‘We need to get some dogs,’ one member of the front office told me months ago.”

MacMahon hinted in a separate tweet Dallas would seek out a defensive-minded vet capable of infusing energy on that end of the floor:

“It’s not just about having an enforcer for Luka Doncic,” MacMahon said. Mavs know they need to be much better than the 18th-ranked defense to have a good chance to win a championship.”

Indeed, Dallas seemed helpless to stop the Clippers from getting into the paint and making plays around the rim. There were also a series of miscommunications leading to easy buckets for Kawhi Leonard on Sunday.

The question is, will the Mavs seek out a wing or frontcourt player?