Since the end of the Mavericks postseason run against the Houston Rockets, there are a couple of things that the Mavericks needed coming into the postseason that would have gotten them past the first round. The first thing that the Mavericks need to get rid of is Rondo. Rondo seemed to be a bigger story than the Mavericks postseason run which definitely affected their play throughout the series. The drama was put to rest after game two when the organization put out an injury report about Rondo to try to lighten all the drama surrounding him and stay focused on the playoffs. They took a gamble with Rondo halfway through the season, in which they lost. The next thing that the Mavs need to get in this offseason is a good forward to come off of the bench. When the Mavericks took out Tyson Chandler, they had to go small which didn't help them on the defensive end trying to guard other giant forwards on the opponents team. An alternative to this is to pick up either DeAndre Jordan, who said that he would be extremely interested coming to Dallas, or LaMarcus Aldridge. In this way, the Mavs would be able to limit Dirk's minutes a lot easier and have two fantastic big guys in the starting front court. I would prefer to try to pick up a good bench player that can relieve Tyson of his defensive duties.
The Mavericks struggled with Chandler Parsons out with an injury that limited him to play one game in the postseason. The Mavs didn't have a guy that could spread the floor like Parsons could, which made it difficult for guys like Ellis to get into the lane. On the defensive end, Dirk could not hold his ground against Josh Smith. Josh just seemed too athletic and quick for him which created a mismatch for the Mavs. This is where a good forward would come into play and make the help defense a lot less tired. With these offseason additions, the Mavs will have at least a second round run into the playoffs next season.