With the Dallas Mavericks eliminated a couple of days ago from the post-season, the franchise has already started thinking about next season’s roster. Jason Kidd has anticipated that “there will be a lot of new faces,” as this year’s team did not turn out to be built well enough to be competitive. The biggest question obviously concerns Kyrie Irving, who will be a free agent in the summer and whom Dallas would like to confirm, as stated by Mark Cuban in recent days. Another important free agent will be Christian Wood, fresh off his first season with the Mavs. For him, the talk is different: Kidd has always used him coming off the bench, and he dreams of a hefty contract that the Mavericks may not be willing to give him. According to Marc Stein, it will be Wood himself who will be one of the illustrious farewells in the summer., with Dallas not particularly interested in extending his contract.
In addition to Wood, two players departing again according to Stein would be. JaVale McGee e Tim Hardaway Jr.. Both are under contract, so they should be traded. McGee had arrived in the summer of 2023, signing a three-year, $17.5 million total deal. In 42 games played, however, he was deployed just 8.5 minutes on average, producing 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds on average. Hardaway Jr, on the other hand, has been playing in Dallas since 2018, so far he had been one of the cornerstones of the Texas lineup, and even this season he scored 14.4 points on average: His contract expires in 2025 and the Mavericks have already tried to unload him unsuccessfully around the February trade deadline.