Pass or purse on Kristaps Porzingis trade: 1. McCollum to Dallas Mavericks
This specific deal was also in Bailey’s Bleacher Report piece, but something similar has been mentioned in numerous places. Portland will be looking to improve their roster after a second straight first-round playoff exit. They fired coach Terry Stotts and more changes are coming for the Trail Blazers.
McCollum would give the Mavericks the ball-handler and secondary creator they desire. He averaged 23.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 0.9 steals in 34.0 minutes per game this season. McCollum is a career 39.8 percent shooter from 3-point range, and he offers plenty of offensive punch.
The two players are on similar contracts. McCollum has three years and $100 million left on his deal. The pick swap wouldn’t hurt Dallas as they are likely to have the inferior selection anyways.
Dallas Mavericks should pursue a Kristaps Porzingis for CJ McCollum swap.
It does open any flexibility, but this is the type of deal the Mavs front office should be searching for this offseason. It gives them a second star capable of getting 20 a night in the playoffs and allows the Mavericks to revamp their defense. McCollum is not a strong defender, but this trade opens the door for Dallas to add a rim protector.
The Dallas Mavericks have a ton of important decisions to make this offseason. Keep an eye out for how they improve their roster. The future of Luka Doncic in Dallas could hinge on the moves, so stay tuned.