The Dallas Mavericks are not where they want to be in the standings. They sit eighth in the Western Conference after 40 games. Dallas got off to an incredibly slow start as the team was set back by injuries and COVID issues. The Mavs have won 12 of their last 17 but would be part of the play-in if the regular season ended today.
The NBA trade deadline is on March 25, and Dallas faces an interesting dilemma. Their preferred starting lineup has played together in a total of 14 games all season. The Mavericks have won ten of those or a 59-win pace over a full 82-game slate. Do they stand pat or make moves before the trade deadline?
Owner Mark Cuban shared his stance recently. The Mavs want a star or continuity at the deadline. It makes perfect sense. Dallas wants to jump into title contention or keep the status quo. They should be looking to upgrade their roster because Luka Doncic is a superstar capable of being the best player on a championship team. The Mavericks need the pieces around him to make a title a reality.
Should the Dallas Mavericks make a trade before the deadline?
Yes, the Mavs should always be improving their roster. They have cap space for next season and the free-agent crop is lacking star talent. The Mavericks should swing for the fences now, even if it eliminates their future space.
Looking over the trade market, here are five deals the Dallas Mavericks should make before the March 25 deadline. They would not be able to make all five, but each one is worth doing. The Mavs are searching for one deal to improve. Here are five fantastic options.
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