2. Mavs grab Marcus Morris
The Dallas Mavericks have a number of big men available to them on their depth chart. Maxi Kleber, Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell were all awarded new contracts in the offseason. Boban Marjanovic was brought in using the room exception.
While the Mavs currently rank fourth in the NBA in rebounding, the team has struggled to close out defensive stops in key moments by allowing offensive boards.
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Marcus Morris would provide a more physical presence to the Dallas frontcourt. Porzingis has been outstanding for the Mavericks on the defensive end, and has been a little up and down offensively. Kleber and Powell are not natural rebounders. That leaves the Mavs a little short in that department upfront.
Morris is also one of the best defensive big men in basketball. He would give Dallas a little more muscle and brute strength in the paint. Morris can also step out to the 3-point line and knock down an open shot.
The Mavs cannot trade a first round pick because of the Stepien Rule. It was put in place to keep teams from getting rid of all their selections. Teams are no longer allowed to trade first rounders in consecutive drafts.
That forces Dallas into giving up a second rounder and the right-to-swap. The Knicks have no reason to hang onto Morris for dear life and would be wise to add some compensation for a veteran player approaching free agency.