Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades Mavs facilitate the Suns getting Chris Paul

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5. Dallas Mavericks become the third team in a Chris Paul deal

This is the simplest trade to be made here. Paul is set to earn over $41 million next season, which means matching salaries becomes difficult. The Suns make it happen by including Kelly Oubre Jr. and Ricky Rubio, but Oklahoma City has no interest in keeping those two veterans. The Thunder grab a future first from Phoenix to make them happy.

The Mavericks jump in and snag Oubre for the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft plus salary matchers Delon Wright and Justin Jackson. The Thunder can let Jackson walk after the 2020-2021 season. Wright has two years left on his deal, but at less than $9 million per season, he should moveable.

Dallas would be excited about this deal too. Moving two players that fell out of their rotation in the playoffs and a mid-first rounder for a 6’7 wing that is a plus defender capable of scoring 18 points per game sounds enticing. The 24-year-old gives Dallas another young piece to build around. Oubre is entering the final year of his contract too, which leaves the Mavericks options in the 2021 offseason.

This trade is far from the only way that all parties leave the table happy here. Let us take a look at what happens if the Clippers get involved.

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