Trade target that makes Dallas Mavericks title contenders: 4. Victor Oladipo
There were plenty of questions about Oladipo entering into the season. He got off to a fantastic start with the Pacers before being traded to the Rockets for Caris LeVert. Oladipo is averaging 20.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game this season combined between his two stops. The 28-year-old has missed time with injury, but he has proven to be productive when healthy.
Oladipo is in the final year of his contract, and the Rockets are currently 14th in the Western Conference. Expect Houston to shop him ahead of the trade deadline, but will Dallas take the risk that they can keep the two-time All-Star healthy?
Oladipo would give the Mavericks a secondary ball-handler that plays outstanding perimeter defense. He was first-team All-Defense in 2018 and currently sits 21st in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR. Dallas prioritized defense and toughness in the offseason. Do they see Oladipo as the upgrade that pushes them into title contention?
The 28-year-old may not be the perfect fit. He has shot under 40 percent from the field each of the last two seasons and has struggled to stay healthy. Victor Oladipo can still make a massive impact on a contending team, though.
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