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Dallas Mavericks: 5 trade targets that make them title contenders

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Bradley Beal Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Zach LaVine
Dallas Mavericks Zach LaVine Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Trade target that makes Dallas Mavericks title contenders: 2. Zach LaVine

LaVine has continued to improve every year. He made his first All-Star team in 2021 as he has taken his game to another level. The 26-year-old is averaging 28.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 52.5 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent on his 3-point tries.

LaVine could start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic. He would give Dallas a secondary playmaker, elite third scorer, and outstanding floor spacer. Coach Carlisle could also stagger the minutes to have two stars on the floor at all times.

LaVine can get white hot and handout buckets on any defender. The Mavericks could use that scoring punch in their second unit. Zach LaVine would be an upgrade over Tim Hardaway Jr. if Dallas decides to go that route.

The 26-year-old is having an outstanding season and would not come cheap. He is under contract for $19.5 million next season. The Bulls would likely be asking for multiple first-round picks and/or young talent for LaVine. Could the Mavs meet that asking price? It would be a tall task, but the 26-year-old guard would give Dallas one of the best offenses in the NBA.

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