ESPN published its annual offseason survey, showing NBA coaches, scouts and executives believe that the Dallas Mavericks slogged through the worst offseason of any team in the league.

The panel, comprised of 15 NBA coaches, scouts and executives voted on which NBA team had the worst offseason, and Dallas led the pack with six total votes.

Not far behind Dallas was Charlotte with three, Brooklyn with two, and Denver, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota and Portland with one.

The clear winner was Dallas because of losing Jalen Brunson to the New York Knicks after making a run to the Western Conference finals.

What also hurt the Mavericks was the organization’s failure to secure anything back by way of a sign and trade involving Brunson.

“They lost him for nothing,” a West executive said to Tim Bontemps. “Then they turned around and gave JaVale [McGee] a lot of money and traded for Christian Wood.”

If you are Dallas, that is not the news you want to hear.

But it is also the truth of the Mavericks’ current situation. Losing Brunson for nothing was something a great front office simply wouldn’t do. From the start of the offseason, Dallas felt in too deep when trying to bring him back.

Without him, the Mavericks lose a secondary scorer. And the team is yet to add another viable option by way of trade.

Brunson averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists on 50 percent from the field and 37 percent 3-point range.

In a career year, he walked away from Dallas, despite Dallas believing it had a good chance at bringing him back.

Sometimes, it can’t get any worse than that.

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