The Dallas Mavericks have been actively discussing deals ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Owner Mark Cuban shared his stance on the team’s plans. Can Dallas find a third star before the deadline? Will they make smaller moves if they cannot pull off a massive deal? There should be plenty of intrigue leading up to March 25.
Andre Drummond is available. The two-time All-Star has sat out since Feb. 12 as he awaits a move out of Cleveland. The Cavaliers traded for Jarrett Allen to be their center of the present and future. They did not think it was fair to play Drummond limited minutes.
Shams Charania reported (subscription required) that the Mavericks had talks with the Cavs about Andre Drummond. He notes Dallas is more likely to pursue the two-time All-Star if he receives a buyout, though. Here is a look at why a Drummond deal does not make sense for the Mavs.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks discussed Andre Drummond trade with Cavaliers
Drummond makes $28.7 million this season. The Mavs would have to match salary in any trade. They could do it by dealing James Johnson and Dwight Powell to Cleveland. Dallas would have to add draft pick compensation or a young player to entice the Cavaliers to make the trade.
The problem with giving up an asset or multiple ones for Drummond is the fit issues. Kristaps Porzingis is the Mavericks starting center. Playing KP and Drummond in the same frontcourt would be problematic on both ends of the floor. Drummond clogs the lane on the offensive end and forces Porzingis to defend on the perimeter. Coach Rick Carlisle would have to change things up with Drummond in Dallas. Fans can read more about his fit issues with the Mavericks here.
Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to trade for Andre Drummond. They will remain active and aggressive before the trade deadline. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.