The Dallas Mavericks would love to improve their roster around superstar Luka Doncic. They reached the conference finals last season but lost Jalen Brunson, who was the team’s second-leading scorer, in free agency. Dallas improved their frontcourt this summer by adding Christian Wood and JaVale McGee. Still, fans are skeptical about how the team will perform in the loaded Western Conference this season.
Bleacher Report proposed hypothetical trade ideas for every NBA team with just one month to go before opening night of the 2022-2023 regular season. There were plenty of plausible trades in the group, but the Mavs deal made little sense for either side.
B/R’s Andy Bailey had Dallas landing Kevin Love in the hypothetical deal, but the move made little sense for either side when broken down further. Here is a look at why this deal will not go down anytime soon.
The Dallas Mavericks are not trading a first-round pick for Kevin Love
Bleacher Report had the hypothetical trade between the Mavs and Cavaliers going down like this.
Dallas Mavericks receive: Kevin Love
Cleveland Cavaliers acquire: Tim Hardaway Jr., Davis Bertans, and 2026 first-round pick
Dallas shopped Tim Hardaway Jr. this offseason, and they would love to trade Bertans, but why would the Mavericks buy high on Love? The 34-year-old played over 70 games last season for the first time since 2016, but he still only played 22.5 minutes per game. Love is a role player that can help a team win, but the 6’8 big man does not make the Mavs an instant title contender.
Giving up a first-round pick is a hefty price to acquire a 34-year-old that has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. It makes even less sense when factoring in where both teams stand heading into training camp.