Trade for Dallas Mavericks to acquire Damian Lillard: 3. KP and picks
Damian Lillard would have to force his way to Dallas for the Trail Blazers to make this or any other trade mentioned. Portland could get more than the Mavs can offer on the open market. Dallas traded their 2021 and 2023 first-round picks to the Knicks in the Kristaps Porzingis deal. The 2023 selection is top ten protected. The Mavericks would have to remove it to be able to deal their 2025 first-rounder. They only have two firsts to offer in any deal after getting that protection off their 2023 choice.
Dallas likely would include Kristaps Porzingis in any Lillard deal because they will struggle to match up salaries otherwise. Dame is set to make over $39 million next season. It would cost Dallas Josh Richardson, Maxi Kleber, and Dwight Powell to make the math work. The Mavericks might prefer the trio, but the Blazers want the chance at rebuilding KP’s value and turning it into another asset.
Dallas would have arguably the best court in the league if they added Damian Lillard. The 30-year-old’s relationships with Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd could be a reason to force his way to the Mavericks. Portland could go in a different direction with the trade by trying to acquire Dallas’ young talent.
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