Dallas Mavericks: 5 trade targets that could push them into title contention

Tyler Watts
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The Dallas Mavericks could be just one piece away from title contention. Here is a look at five players they could trade for to push them there next season.

The Dallas Mavericks became a playoff team in the 2019-2020 season. Fans only saw 67 games because of the suspension caused by the novel coronavirus, but Dallas had 40 wins. Their most since 2016 which is also their last trip to the postseason.

Supporters will never know how the season would have turned out. When play halted, Dallas was seventh in the Western Conference. They had a chance to grab home court in the first round of the playoffs with a strong close to the regular season.

Even if play resumes, that opportunity is gone. There is almost no way that the NBA fits in all 82 games plus a full four rounds of seven-game series in the postseason. There will have to be cuts made somewhere. The possibility remains that the season is over too.

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Regardless, the Mavericks took an important step. They are still one rung below championship contention, though. The Mavs could reach that through internal growth. Luka Doncic is a 21-year-old superstar. He could become the NBA’s best player in a few seasons. Kristaps Porzingis should continue improving as well. Their supporting cast is still young and growing.

The Mavs could be one piece short, though. Adding a third star immediately jolts them into the championship conversation. Here is a look at five trade targets that could get them to that stage next season.

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