Dallas started preparing for this offseason last summer by letting Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barrea—both of whom played important roles in the team’s championship run—leave for other teams in free agency.
The surprising move gave the team enough cap space to go after both Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. But Howard picked up an option to keep him under contract with Orlando for an extra year and Williams chose to stay with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Mavs' inability to make bold roster moves was a major factor for Williams in deciding not to return to his hometown. He said the following to Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
I was really close to going to Dallas. I actually thought that's where I was going to go. I had the meetings and it kind of changed my mind because once I got out of the meeting with Dallas and saw the way they way were going and the team they were putting out there and I saw that we just made a trade for Joe Johnson and I felt like that team for a longer time would be the better team.
This offseason has already been a disappointment. Letting a player like Chandler leave was a risky move and the Mavs are getting burned by that decision. They broke up a championship team thinking they could make improvements this summer, and that does not appear possible anymore.
Still, the team can make a few smart moves and avoid complete failure. The first necessary move is to sign Sessions.
There is now a gaping hole at point guard on the Mavs’ roster, and Sessions is the best player available. He averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists with the Lakers last season.
He transitioned to a starting role very smoothly after coming over from the Cleveland Cavaliers midway through the season. His speed and athleticism gave the Lakers offense a significant boost, and he can provide the same services in Dallas.
Sessions is not on the level of a player like Williams or Nash, but he is a solid, productive player. Dallas will need to start targeting free agents that fit this description.
Point guard is the most pressing need right now, so Sessions is the first player they must grab in order to start piecing together a competitive roster.
After that, the front office will still have plenty of work to do, but it is still possible to field a playoff-caliber team this season.