Dallas Mavericks: 8 possible trades that make them title contenders
Trade that makes Dallas Mavericks title contenders: 4. Dallas targets CP3
The rumor mill has started already. This one had the Mavs eyeing Paul. Fans should not put a ton of stock in that. CP3 has two years and over $85 million left on his contract. The Mavericks trading for the veteran virtually caps their run with three stars at two seasons because Luka Doncic’s rookie max extension will go into effect in 2022.
Paul would make Dallas better in the short term. He had a phenomenal season in Oklahoma City. CP3 averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game while leading the Thunder to the postseason. Paul would solve the Mavericks crunch time woes. He gives them another outstanding ball-handler and playmaker too.
CP3 is 35 years old. He has dealt with injuries in three of the last four seasons. There is plenty of risk in trading for the future Hall of Famer. The Thunder want off his massive contract. They are unlikely to ask for a massive return. Matching salary plus two protected second round picks should get the deal done.
Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to trade for Chris Paul this offseason. They would rather take their shot at adding a superstar that can be with the team for the next decade-plus.
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