Trade Dallas Mavericks should make before the deadline: 5. Take a chance on Oladipo
The Mavs would love to add a third star, but they do not have the draft capital to do so. They still owe two first-round picks to the New York Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Dallas has to remove the top ten protection from the 2023 choice to be able to move their first-rounder in 2025.
Being unable to trade for a star leaves the Mavericks trying to plug holes or chasing potential third stars with question marks. Victor Oladipo could be both. The 28-year-old is a two-time All-Star that has made the All-Defensive team, but he has not performed at that level since returning from a devastating knee injury in 2020. Oladipo is on an expiring contract and is no help to the Rockets if they cannot re-sign him.
Trading for House Jr. makes this move a bit safer. The 27-year-old is a capable 3-and-D forward that is under contract for next season. The Mavericks get more than a rental Oladipo as Houston picks up another first-round pick as it begins its rebuild.
Would another team offer more? Perhaps, but Dallas should be taking a swing if it plans on jumping into serious title contention. Victor Oladipo may be the best player that the Dallas Mavericks could reasonably acquire before the trade deadline.
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