Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades they could make this offseason
By Noah Rubinstein
Trade Dallas Mavericks could make this offseason: 2. Secure Oladipo
Depending on what the Mavs have to give up, Victor Oladipo could be an interesting third piece next to Doncic and Porzingis. Adding Oladipo’s injury history with KP’s could be a risky move if the Mavericks have to invest heavily.
Oladipo has appeared in 55 games over the last two seasons combined. He shot over 45 percent from the field just once in his career, but the 6’4 guard is a former All-Defensive team selection. While Oladipo may be an upgrade for the Mavericks overall, it is unclear if the marginal benefit would be worth the trade.
For example, if the Mavericks need to give up Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith and the 18th overall pick are they significantly better with Oladipo? The answer is unclear. Finney-Smith and Curry are better shooters than Oladipo, but the 28-year-old gives the Mavs additional scoring and playmaking punch.
Oladipo had his best season as the number one option and primary ball-handler in Indiana. As an off-ball player in Oklahoma City, Oladipo was one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA. Oladipo would be the third option offensively on the Mavericks, and it is unclear which version of Oladipo would arrive in Dallas.
The former All-Star brings name recognition, but Mavs fans should be cautious in wanting Victor Oladipo. Indiana will receive plenty of offers, and the Mavericks should avoid getting into a bidding war. Keeping Seth Curry, DFS, Maxi Kleber, Tim Hardaway Jr., and their first-round pick should come before trading for Oladipo.
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