Trade Dallas Mavericks could make this offseason: 5. Grab Oubre from Suns
The Mavs should consider acquiring Kelly Oubre Jr. This season, he averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game on 35.2 percent shooting from three. The 24-year-old is 6’7 and a plus athlete. He proved he is a versatile offensive piece that could help the Mavericks by bringing defense and toughness.
Oubre is set to make $14.375 million in the final year of his contract, which is the market price for an athletic 3-and-D wing. The Suns may be willing to move him after Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson shined in the Orlando bubble. Oubre is returning from a knee injury, and the Suns may not have enough minutes to go around in 2021.
Oubre is a confident and flashy player that is willing to step up and defend stars like Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. What could the Mavericks offer Phoenix to convince them to make the deal? The Sums reportedly want to move into the top five in the 2020 NBA Draft but need more capital to do so.
When draft night arrives, the Mavs could consider trading the 18th pick and Delon Wright for Kelly Oubre. The 6’7 forward would give the Mavericks a strong rotation player ready for 30-plus minutes a night. Wright gives Phoenix a strong perimeter defender and saves them around $5 million in cap space.
Wright fell out of the Mavs rotation in the playoffs, so taking Oubre would be a significant upgrade. Dallas would still have the 31st overall pick to grab an exciting prospect.
Phoenix would be able to continue growing their young core plus have two first-round picks to potentially move up in the draft. While the likelihood of this trade is low, the potential could be interesting for both teams.