The Dallas Mavericks signed JaVale McGee and traded for Christian Wood over the summer to upgrade at the five. They reached the conference finals last season, but Dallas struggled to rebound and protect the rim in the postseason. McGee took over Dwight Powell’s starting gig, but it did not last long.
The seven-footer struggled out of the gate, and he quickly slipped to the fringes of the rotation. Powell is back starting, and head coach Jason Kidd has primarily used Wood next to Maxi Kleber in the frontcourt. Despite the additions, the Mavericks are left with many of the same issues.
Rumors suggest they are interested in a center upgrade before the trade deadline, but who could the Mavs target? Here are five options that should be available if Dallas is willing to meet the opposition’s asking price.
Center upgrade the Dallas Mavericks could trade for before the deadline: 5. Mo Bamba
Bamba’s minutes and production are down because of the emergence of Bol Bol. The Magic are loaded with centers, and they will likely attempt to clear that logjam before the deadline. Bamba is virtually on a $10.3 million expiring contract with the option to guarantee his $10.3 million salary for next season before June 29. The seven-footer proved last season he can provide elite blocks and solid rebounds in 25 minutes per game.
The Mavs are rumored to be searching for a defensive upgrade that contrasts Christian Wood. Mo Bamba fits that bill, and he is still just 24 years old. He averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game last season. Dallas would love to get production from their starting center.
Could the Mavericks swoop in and land the seven-footer from the Magic? Expect Bamba to be on the block, and he likely finds a new home before the Feb. 9 trade deadline.