Star Dallas Mavericks should have acquired over Kristaps Porzingis: 2. Paul George
George seemed happy in Oklahoma City as the Thunder were on their way to the playoffs when the Mavericks acquired Kristaps Porzingis. OKC finished sixth in the Western Conference led by their dynamic backcourt duo of PG-13 and Russell Westbrook but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Portland Trail Blazers. In the offseason, George was sent to the Clippers to team with free-agent signee Kawhi Leonard.
Thunder GM Sam Presti would have made the Mavericks pay through the nose in draft picks, but Dallas should have acquired the 31-year-old wing over Porzingis. He is a seven-time All-Star and four-time All-Defensive selection. George is an elite scorer and shooter that can do everything on the basketball court. The Clippers have knocked Dallas out two straight years in the playoffs in part because their star duo outplayed the Mavericks.
This is the most reasonable acquisition on the list for Dallas. They could have acquired Paul George had they not traded for Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavericks front office had no way of knowing that he would become available, but Oklahoma City was going to accept the top dollar in the deal. Fans have seen plenty of skilled negotiating from Presti since as they attempt to rebuild through the draft. The Dallas Mavericks should have waited and acquired Paul George.
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