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Mavericks: 3 trades to acquire Goran Dragic now and why Dallas will not

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The Dallas Mavericks need another playmaker on their roster. Luka Doncic is one of the best in the league, but the Clippers exploited Dallas in the playoffs when the 22-year-old rested. They outscored the Mavs by 43 points in the 55 minutes Doncic was off the floor. Dallas held a seven-point edge in 281 minutes with Luka running the show. The Mavericks’ offensive rating dropped 35.3 points per 100 possessions when he sat. Doncic also wore down late in games from carrying such a heavy burden. They need someone that can keep the offense rolling, so the Mavs superstar gets a rest.

Dallas struck quickly in free agency, but they did not address their lack of playmaking. The Mavericks improved their floor spacing, defense, and wing depth by adding Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. They also re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic. None of those players can handle the ball and take the pressure off Luka. Dallas improved, but they would love to add more talent before training camp.

One rumored target is Goran Dragic. The current Raptors guard has expressed interest in joining the Mavs, but will Dallas step up and make a trade? Here are three possible deals and why the Mavericks will not make them.

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Why Dallas Mavericks should trade for Goran Dragic

Dragic had his $19.4 million player option picked up by the Miami Heat before they dealt him to Toronto in the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade. The 35-year-old does not want to play for the Raptors, and his recent comments on the situation got Dragic in some hot water. He expected to be a free agent this summer and have his choice of teams.

The Raptors see no reason to buy him out. Dragic is still a productive player that could help mentor Toronto’s young guards. The Dallas Mavericks could acquire him now if they are willing to make a trade that benefits the Raptors. Here are three trades that accomplish that before diving into why Dallas is unlikely to make the deals.