Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades they could make this offseason
The Dallas Mavericks have wrapped up the 2019-2020 season and shifted to their attention to improving their roster this offseason. They proved in the bubble that they need more defense and toughness next season. What potential trades could help the Mavs address their needs?
The rumor mill has picked up with high profile players like Victor Oladipo, Chris Paul, Aaron Gordon, and Jrue Holiday being mentioned. Besides Oladipo, the Mavericks were not directly involved in any of these rumors, but expect them to be testing the waters this offseason.
Dallas shipped out their 2021 and 2023 first-round picks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis in Jan. 2019. The Stepien Rule prevents NBA teams from trading first-rounders in consecutive years, so the Mavs are limited in what picks they are can offer this offseason. To see what draft choices Dallas currently holds over the next five years click here.
What do the Dallas Mavericks have to offer in trades?
The Mavericks draft capital this year should draw interest. They received the Warriors 2020 second-round pick in a trade back in 2016. Golden State finished with the worst record in the NBA, giving the Mavs the top pick in the second round to go with the 18th overall selection. In an unpredictable and deep draft, having a pick in the early second round has more value than the casual NBA fan would expect.
In terms of cap space, it is unclear what the salary cap will stand because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the Mavericks have multiple team-friendly deals and want to avoid large contracts to chase the big fish in free agency next offseason.
Who could the Dallas Mavericks target to improve their roster? Some of these trades may seem unlikely, but there is always room to speculate. Fans know unexpected trades go down every year. Here are five potential deals the Mavs could be involved in this offseason.