The Dallas Mavericks are currently trying to return from a 3-0 deficit (already won their first game) against the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 Western Conference Finals, carried by Luka Doncic and co., who will try to make the impossible and upset the Dubs to make it to the NBA Finals.
They have surprised a lot of people this season, and the playoffs have been special to them. They easily eliminated the No. 1 seed in the West in a Game 7 that looked like a Varsity vs. JV team duel.
Now, even if they don't make it to the biggest series of all, the future doesn't look that bad for the Mavs. They can lose Jalen Brunson in free agency this campaign, but that's definitely not the end for them. In fact, they could manage to bring another superstar to pair with Luka Doncic and give it another try at the NBA championship.
Redditor "Greedy_Craft" recently explained how the Mavs can bounce back and add a superstar that could take them to the next level in a couple of seasons:
Currently, the only guys on the books for the Mavs in 2024-2025 are Luka, DFS, THJ, and Bertans, totaling about $87 million.
The projected salary cap in 2024-2025 is $135 million.
As long as the Mavs don't make any more stupid trades or take on bad contracts, the worst that could happen is they will have nearly $50 million in cap space, every single one of their future first-round draft picks, and a 25-year-old Luka.
I hear a lot of "wow Mavs f**ked" recently and I think it's pretty short-sighted. Luka is 23, a lot of all-time legends toiled in mediocrity from ages 23 to 25. The Mavs will have a chance to completely rebuild around him in 2 years at the worst.
Some players like Anthony Davis could find their way to Dallas if he decides to end his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. Pascal Siakam, Domantas Sabonis, and Jrue Holiday are also veterans that can join Luka in Texas soon. A talented scorer like Jordan Clarkson sounds like a good second option behind Luka. Young players like Dejounte Murray and Anthony Edwards are part of the list, too.
If they move their pieces the right way, the Mavs could start the 2024/25 season with a talented duo that will surely increase their chances to win the NBA championship. Perhaps they find that player via trade, but it's too early to know right now. Luka will be young when that moment arrives, and he'll probably have the chance to link up with somebody that can take some pressure off of his shoulders and give Dallas the chance to win it all.