Dallas Mavericks rumors: Trading 18th pick for Lou Williams?

Dallas Mavericks Lou Williams Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks rumors: Trading the 18th pick for Lou Williams?

The Dallas Mavericks want to jump into title contention next season. They have two stars and a solid supporting cast around them. The Mavs are just one or two pieces away from leaping to the top of the heap. Expect them to be active this offseason.

The Mavericks have two picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. Rumors have been swirling about the organization’s plans for weeks. Will they trade the picks for a veteran or try to move up to grab a player that can make an immediate impact? Does Dallas just keep the two selection and add two young talents to their core? Those questions will be answered soon enough.

Fans got another rumor on Nov. 16. This time it was from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony in his latest mock draft (subscription required). Let us take a closer look at it.

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Dallas Mavericks to trade the 18th pick in 2020 NBA Draft for Lou Williams?

Givony had the Mavs selecting Aleksej Pokusevski in his latest mock. He is one of the highest upside players in the class but is multiple years away from contributing in the NBA. Givony noted in his article that the Mavs are talking trade with the pick, and Lou Williams is the player sources believe they could acquire.

The rumor was surprising. Williams has won the Sixth Man of the Year three times and was a finalist in 2020. He is a walking bucket that would give the Mavericks the secondary playmaker they desire. Williams struggles on the defensive end of the floor, though. Dallas needs to improve on D to make the push into title contention. Acquiring Sweet Lou could be the first in a series of planned moves for the Mavericks that helps them improve on both ends of the floor.

Put stock in the rumor, if you wish. I’d consider the Mavs trading for Lou Williams unlikely. There will be plenty of news and rumors coming out this week, though. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban to catch it all.

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