Could Dallas Mavericks trade for Jazz star Rudy Gobert?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Rudy Gobert (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks are searching for the roster construction that takes them into title contention. Could they trade for Rudy Gobert?

The Dallas Mavericks took a massive leap this season. They exited the lottery after three straight years for a playoff berth in the always difficult Western Conference. Luka Doncic had a superstar breakout in his second season. The addition of Kristaps Porzingis gives the Mavs a second star and floor spacing seven-footer.

They may not get that crucial playoff experience, though. The NBA suspended its season on March 12 because of the novel coronavirus. At the center of the hiatus was Rudy Gobert. The Jazz big man’s positive test had their game against the Thunder called off and forced the league’s hand in halting the season.

There is still no word on when or if play will resume over a month later. Commissioner Adam Silver does not plan on making a firm decision until at least May. Everyone is just waiting it out until then.

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Utah’s All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Athletic reported the relationship between the two players is strained. (subscription required).  Gobert downplayed the rumors, but there may be something to them.

What if the Jazz decide to trade one of their stars? Mitchell is still on his rookie deal. The 23-year-old figures to sign an extension after next season. Gobert is an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

The Dallas Mavericks do not have the firepower to trade for Mitchell, but they may be able to swing a deal for Gobert. He will be on an expiring deal, and Utah would prefer to move him over Mitchell. Could Dallas pull it off?

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