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

Dallas Mavericks Goran Dragic Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Goran Dragic Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Goran Dragic Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Dallas Mavericks won’t trade for Goran Dragic now

The Mavs are not eager to trade for Dragic for multiple reasons. Yes, they need another playmaker, but locking his $19.4 million salary on their books could become problematic. Dallas hard-capped themselves by using both the mid-level and bi-annual exceptions this summer. They already have $118.7 million committed in salaries. Adding Dragic could hamper their flexibility at the trade deadline. The Mavericks would prefer to add him on a buyout.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer was on the Mavs Step Back podcast on Aug. 6 where he discussed the Dragic situation. He noted that Dallas believes the veteran guard will be bought out, so they do not see a reason to give up assets to acquire him.

The Mavericks want to hold onto their draft capital in hopes of using it in a bigger trade down the line. Dallas plans to add a third star and build a title contender around Luka Doncic. They are looking for pieces that move the needle. Dragic’s age, expiring contract, and massive salary are all reasons why the Mavs don’t want to part with assets.

Next. 5 post-free agency trades for Mavs to consider

The Dallas Mavericks will add talent before the 2022 playoffs. Will it be Goran Dragic? Fans will have to stay tuned to find out.

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