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Dallas Mavericks: Pass or pursue on the latest trade rumors

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Dallas Mavericks, Andre Drummond
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Pass or Pursue on Dallas Mavericks trade rumor: 4. Trade for Andre Drummond

Shams Charania dropped a bunch of rumors (subscription required) on March 22. He noted the Mavs had trade discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers about two-time All-Star Andre Drummond. Charania stated Dallas is more likely to be in on the big man if he receives a buyout. Should Dallas be looking to acquire Drummond?

This rumor is the easiest and most straightforward to dismiss. The Mavericks should be not looking to trade for Drummond because of his hefty salary and fit issues in Dallas. Can he and Kristaps Porzingis co-exist in the frontcourt? If not, how much playing time does that leave for Drummond in Dallas? He would effectively be a backup center.

Dallas Mavericks should pass on an Andre Drummond trade

If Drummond is bought out by the Cavaliers and is willing to accept a reserve role, the Mavericks should look to acquire him. The 27-year-old is one of the NBA’s best rebounders. He can protect the rim and force turnovers. Drummond is an impactful player, but he will be played off the floor in the playoffs as teams go small.

The Mavs should not trade for Andre Drummond. Do not expect it to happen, but stay tuned to see if he gets bought out after Thursday’s deadline.

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