The Dallas Mavericks are showing the promise many predicted before the season, but are they true title contenders? Luka Doncic and company entered the 2020 playoffs as massive underdogs to the Clippers in the first round, only to push LA to six games. If Kristaps Porzingis did not get injured that could have been a completely different series.
The Mavs shook things up a bit in the offseason. They traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and acquired James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, and four promising rookies. The plan was to add defense and toughness to a roster lacking in those areas. The Mavericks have played well when healthy this season, but are still behind the elite teams in the chase for the NBA championship.
Luka is capable of being the best player on a title team. The Mavs need the remaining pieces to bring the championship back to Dallas. They have plenty of role players around their superstar. The Mavericks could legitimately be one or two pieces away from jumping into title contention. Could they pull off the trade to put them there at the deadline?
5 trade targets that would make the Dallas Mavericks title contender
Acquiring any star player will be difficult. The Mavs still owe two first-round picks to the Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis deal. They also have a protection on the 2023 selection that would have to be lifted for Dallas to trade their 2025 first-rounder. Putting aside the likelihood of the trade coming together, what do they need to jump into title contention?
The Dallas Mavericks must have a dynamic scoring weapon that can space the floor and play above-average defense. Here are five players that fit that mold.
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