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|If you agree that KP and Luka were good moves, you also need to realize the amount of assets we dumped acquiring them.
-Luka cost us two firsts.
-KP cost us two future first rounders, the previous years 9th overall pick and we had to take back the salaries of THJ and Lee.
That left our cupboard really bare and also means that we can't squander what little assets we have for rentals. I'm not saying that we shouldn't be critical of the MBT as there is plenty to be critical of, but we've done some good things as a team.
-Signed Maxi to a team friendly, long term contract.
-Signed DFS to a team friendly, long term contract.
-Held onto the GSW 2nd round pick.
-Turned THJ into a viable starter and made his contract much easier to swallow.
-Drafted Brunson. You can prefer to have Robinson and Jalen is probably never going to be a full-time starter, but I do think he can fill in as a started, be a rock solid backup and will be in the league for 10 years.
-Singed Wright to a moderate contract.
-Signed Curry to a moderate contract.
-Powell extension. I'm okay moving this to a bad move. He was a tad overpaid before the injury and what happened to him sucks.
-Trading back for our second last year. Helped us get Wright (neutral), helped us get WCS (band aid).
-Ditched Harrison Barnes but probably didn't extract enough value from that trade.
-Boban - We don't play him and when we do, don't favor his historic skill set.
-Failed to take advantage of Lee's expiring.
-Failed to take advantage of most of the TPE.
-Miami Heat trade debacle to start free agency.
-Seemingly failed to have meaningful conversations with Kemba and PatBev in free agency.
-Couldn't close on Green in free agency.
-One of Curry, Wright and Brunson need to be traded before the beginning of next season. I think the two who don't get traded will flourish with regular playing time and a defined role.
There is a lot of roster building to be done to surround Luka and KP with the needed pieces to compete. I'm fine with the Mavericks stance that this probably isn't our year so no need to gamble assets. We are early into reconstructed this roster with only Maxi and DFS being core pieces to go with our superstars. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little disappointed by free agency and the TDL and while I do understand wanting to grow talent organically, it's a little frustrating that we aren't making one of our younger, smaller guards available. I am glad we held onto that GSW 2nd and didn't toss it away for AI or Drummond, those might have made us slightly better this year but that's not an age or skill set you'd want to invest in beyond this half season and they certainly wouldn't let you compete with the upper echelon of teams.
We do need to be patient but I'm ready to have my pitchfork ready this next off season if it goes as poorly as last. We need a homerun in the draft or to flip those draft asset into an established, quality starter.