1 Thing Every NBA Team Failed to Address This Offseason – Bleacher Report

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Dallas Mavericks

If the Dallas Mavericks are fine holding onto Wesley Matthews’ expiring contract and clearing up space for 2019 free agency, that’s perfectly fine. But they’ve at least thought about engaging in such a transaction, as Mike Fisher of 247Sports reported they’d trade the veteran swingman for a deal they’d consider “special.”

This obviously isn’t a glaring concern, and it’s hard to fault the Mavericks for holding tight. But with Matthews on the roster, they’ll have to be careful and avoid letting him get too many minutes at the expense of the Luka Doncic/Dennis Smith Jr. backcourt pairing that will shape the future of this franchise. 

          

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks successfully addressed their need at center by signing Brook Lopez, but he might prove little more than a stop-gap solution at the biggest position—an ideal stop-gap, given his floor-spacing abilities that will pair well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but a stop-gap nonetheless. 

Lopez is only aboard on a one-year pact worth $3.4 million, which means the Bucks will be back to the drawing board next summer. Fortunately, that gives them a full year to find a long-term fix alongside Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton, whether that comes from Thon Maker finally developing into a useful contributor, a follow-up contract for Lopez or an external option.

Though the lack of immediacy keeps them away from the featured teams in this article, a concern exists all the same. 

           

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans recovered nicely from the departures of Rajon Rondo (Los Angeles Lakers) and DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors). Quite frankly, both exits may prove positives for the bayou-based franchise, as the former is getting by more on reputation than enduring skill set,

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