The Dallas Mavericks are off to a slow start to the 2020-2021 season. They have won just eight of their first 18 games and sit 12th in the Western Conference on the morning of Jan. 29. Superstar Luka Doncic has been outstanding, but the Mavs have dealt with a host of absences in the early going, which makes it difficult to draw any firm conclusions about the group.
They have struggled on both ends of the floor. The Mavericks currently sit 16th in offensive rating after leading the NBA last season. Their defense has not improved either. Dallas is 19th in defensive rating and 12th in opponent points per game allowed. Those issues are magnified with Luka on the bench as Dallas has an abysmal 101.9 offensive rating and a net rating of negative 5.4.
Will Kyle Lowry be available? Do the Dallas Mavericks have the pieces to make a move?
The Raptors are also off to a slow start to the season. They have won just seven of their first 19 games and are currently riding a two-game losing streak. The team is calling Tampa, Florida home this season because they cannot play in Toronto. That shift alone brings a host of problems for the players and their families.
The Raptors lost to the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs inside the bubble. Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol departed, but they still have a strong team. If their struggles continue, would Toronto trade Kyle Lowry? He is in the final year of his contract making $30 million. The Raptors might move the 34-year-old franchise icon and decide to retool their roster.
Could the Dallas Mavericks trade for Lowry? Should they? Let us try to answer those questions.
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