Dallas Mavericks trade for Myles Turner in hypothetical deal: Should they?

Dallas Mavericks Myles Turner (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Should the Dallas Mavericks trade for Myles Turner?

The fit is not the only reason Dallas should avoid trading for Turner. The 24-year-old is under contract until 2023. He makes $18 million per season. That is not an outrageous amount, but it would eliminate the Mavericks from chasing any marquee free agents for the foreseeable future. Doncic will start his rookie max extension in 2022.

The only way Dallas trades for Turner is they see him as their third star. The 24-year-old does not fit that bill, especially with the Mavericks. They should lean into playing Kristaps Porzingis at the five and finding guards/wings that can take them to the next level.

The trade outlined by Hoops Habit is an interesting one, though. The Mavs are not giving up a ton to acquire Turner in that scenario. Delon Wright and Justin Jackson were not in the rotation in the playoffs. That means Dallas is swapping Maxi Kleber for Myles Turner. Kleber is one of the Mavs best perimeter defenders, but Turner would be an overall upgrade.

The Mavericks could try it out for a season and look to move Myles Turner in the 2021 offseason if things do not work out. That gives Dallas another piece next season and a trade chip moving forward. That could be an avenue to explore.

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