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Dallas Mavericks trade for All-Star in B/R hypothetical that totally misses mark

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Why the Dallas Mavericks acquiring Kevin Love does not make sense for the Cavaliers

The Cavs traded for Donovan Mitchell, and they are all-in on building a title-contending roster around their three All-Stars. Darius Garland will start in the backcourt next to Mitchell with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley down low. Cleveland is looking for shooting and defense in the final spot.

They acquire Tim Hardaway Jr. and Davis Bertans in this deal to give them two above-average shooters, but neither plays standout defense. A backcourt of Garland and Mitchell will struggle on that end of the floor, and they need a stout defensive wing to guard the opposition’s best scorer.

The Cavaliers have Caris LeVert on their roster already. Is Tim Hardaway Jr. better than LeVert? This trade creates a logjam for playing time in Cleveland, and they lose a key veteran leader in Kevin Love. Bertans would play a role off the bench, but it would be eight to 12 minutes per game.

This deal only makes sense for Cleveland because they are acquiring a first-round pick. The Cavs would likely attempt to deal it for a defensive-minded wing that better fits their roster as the trade deadline approaches. Giving up a first-round pick does not make sense for Dallas, though.

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