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

Dallas Mavericks Bradley Beal (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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1. Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal signed an extension with the Wizards just before the season got underway. He is now under contract until at least the 2022 offseason. Beal has a player option for the following season worth north of $37 million. He has stated his desire to stay in Washington for his entire career like Dirk Nowitzki did in Dallas.

What about joining the Mavericks, though? Beal produced absolutely incredible numbers this season. He averaged 30.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 35.3 percent on his threes. The Wizards struggled, but the two-time All-Star is elite.

Now, imagine him playing on the wing next to Luka Doncic. Beal would be the perfect secondary creator for the Mavs. Defenses would have nightmares about defending Dallas. Stopping Doncic, Porzingis, and Beal would be impossible.

It will be interesting to see if Washington finally pulls the trigger on a trade of Beal. John Wall should return from injury next season. Do they want to run it back one more time? Or do they maximize the value on 26-year-old Beal? The Dallas Mavericks will certainly be calling to find out.

Next. Players will want to play with Luka Doncic in Dallas

The Mavs most likely play it safe this offseason. They are looking forward to internal growth and having cap space for the massive free agent class in 2021. The Mavericks have been burnt in this situation multiple times. Hopefully, this one is the charm.