Dallas Mavericks: Two trade ideas with New Orleans Pelicans
By Kohl Rast
News broke early this morning via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that New Orleans Pelicans superstar, Anthony Davis, has requested a trade. Can the Dallas Mavericks put together a package enticing enough to lure the star to Dallas?
Trade talks are ramping up all over the NBA, building up for what should be a very interesting and exciting trade deadline on February 7th, which is earlier than the usual post-All-Star weekend deadline. This gives teams less breathing room for how and when to make trades and takes away the opportunity for players to announce their discontent while away from the team.
This has caused multiple rumors to surface from players and teams alike. The most relevant to the Mavs, of course, would be the sudden spoiled relationship between Dennis Smith Jr. and the team. This one seems to be on the road to repair but it is still very relevant. Other examples include the Memphis Grizzlies, Thon Maker and now Anthony Davis.
The fact of the matter is, the Mavs only have one player on their roster that could convince the Pelicans to make a deal and their would be a riot in Dallas if said player was traded. A deal around Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. would probably not even scratch the surface of what the Pelicans are looking for and that is as close as the Mavs could get without their 2019 draft pick.
Even still, it is interesting to explore some trade options that the Mavs could realistically pursue. With most of the NBA world refreshing their Twitter feed every few minutes in hopes of updates on Anthony Davis, the Mavs should be calling about other potentially available players.
There really isn’t a team in the league that can continue to compete after losing a superstar like Davis. Most teams don’t want to do a star-for-star trade, meaning the Pelicans are likely looking at a trade package for youth and draft picks. Some of the experienced veterans are not going to want that.
Here are two trade ideas that have come up thanks to the Anthony Davis news today.
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