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Dallas Mavericks: 3 trades to acquire Damian Lillard

Dallas Mavericks Damian Lillard Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Damian Lillard Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Damian Lillard Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Trade for Dallas Mavericks to acquire Damian Lillard: 2. Blazers embrace youth movement

Draft picks are like new cars, once they are selected the value drops instantly. Would Portland try to acquire Josh Green and Tyrell Terry if they were embracing a rebuild? The answer largely depends on their 2020 draft evaluations since both played limited minutes with the Mavericks this season.

The Trail Blazers could also target Jalen Brunson as part of their return. It would give them a young replacement for Damian Lillard. The Mavericks would not be eager to give him up, but acquiring a superstar tops Dallas’ wish list.

The outlined trade would virtually give Portland three first-round picks and three swaps, plus Kristaps Porzingis and Tyrell Terry. Other teams would offer more, but it may not matter. Fans have seen in recent years that when a player wants to join an organization, he soon ends up there. Look no further than the James Harden deal from Houston to Brooklyn this season.

Owner Mark Cuban would virtually write a blank check to acquire Damian Lillard. Every player on the Dallas Mavericks roster would be available, except Luka Doncic. Portland gets multiple draft picks, two young talents, and the chance to rebuild KP’s value.

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