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Can the Dallas Mavericks take advantage of the Utah Jazz rebuild?

Dallas Mavericks, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell
Dallas Mavericks, Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell / Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks took on the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, and there was some worry going in after Luka Doncic suffered a calf injury in the regular season finale. He missed the first three games, but Jalen Brunson led the Mavs to two wins, and they finished things off in six after Luka’s return.

Dallas reached the conference finals as the Jazz wrestled with their future after three first-round playoff exits in the last four seasons. Could the Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert pairing bring a title to Utah? Was it time to rebuild?

CEO of basketball operations Danny Ainge has not been shy about the decision. He shipped Gobert to Minnesota for a massive haul that included four first-round draft picks. Now, the Jazz are exploring Mitchell trades with the Knicks emerging as the favorites (subscription required) to land the three-time All-Star. Trading Mitchell means a total rebuild in Utah, so can the Mavs take advantage?

Can the Dallas Mavericks take advantage of the Utah Jazz rebuild?

There were rumors about the Mavs interest in Gobert, but they could not match the package the Timberwolves paid to acquire him. Ainge is not letting Mitchell go any cheaper. Dallas still owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade, and their roster is not stocked with young tradeable assets.

A potential Donovan Mitchell trade will open up the flood gates for the Utah Jazz. They will have no reason to keep any of their veterans after trading away both of their All-Star players. Can the Dallas Mavericks get in on a deal to improve their roster?

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