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Dallas Mavericks: Could they trade for Kevin Love? Should the Mavs?

Dallas Mavericks Kevin Love Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kevin Love Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Kevin Love Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Dallas Mavericks trade for Kevin Love?

Love is under contract until 2023, and he owed more than $60 million over the next two seasons. Matching salaries to acquire the five-time All-Star is not easy, but the Mavs could do it. Sending James Johnson, Dwight Powell, and Willie Cauley-Stein to Cleveland works. The Mavericks also have the expiring contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Richardson that they could dangle if they view Love as a foundational piece that propels them into title contention.

The Cavaliers are unlikely to accept any of those trades, though. They will want a young piece or a draft pick in return for their All-Star big man. Cleveland has gone against moving Love in the past because they view him as more valuable to their team than a late first-round pick.

Dallas does not draft capital to offer unless it is multiple second-round selections or they adjust the Knicks trade to remove the protection in 2023.

Love would give the Mavs an elite rebounder and stretch four. He is a career 37.0 percent shooter from 3-point range and has averaged more than nine rebounds per game in every full season since entering the league in 2008, but should the Dallas Mavericks trade for Kevin Love?

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