Dallas Mavericks get Victor Oladipo in hypothetical trade: Should they do it?

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Dallas Mavericks, Victor Oladipo
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Examining the fit between Victor Oladipo and the Dallas Mavericks

This is far from the first time the Mavs have been linked to Oladipo. There are questions about his desire to stay in Indiana after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. Oladipo ruptured his quad tendon in Jan. 2019 which ended his campaign after appearing in just 36 games. He returned in Jan. 2020 after missing a full year but produced the worst stats of his career over 19 games. Which version of Oladipo would be heading to Dallas?

Assuming the 28-year-old can return to his All-Star status or something slightly below, the Mavericks would be acquiring one of the best two-way guards in the NBA. Oladipo can average 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and 1.5 steals per game while guarding the opposition’s top scorer. That is exactly the type of player the Mavericks need as their third star because he can be a secondary creator, get buckets, and lockdown on defense.

Trading for Oladipo now means getting him while his value is depressed with no long-term commitment necessary. The injury and poor play put his stock at the lowest point, and Oladipo is entering the final year of his contract. The Mavs would owe him $21 million next season before he becomes a free agent in the 2021 offseason. That allows Dallas to keep its options open in chasing Giannis Antetokounmpo or another star in free agency.

Fans can read more on why Oladipo is the perfect trade target for the Dallas Mavericks here.

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