5 center upgrades the Dallas Mavericks could trade for before the deadline

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Center upgrade the Dallas Mavericks could trade for before the deadline: 4. Daniel Gafford

The Mavs still owe the New York Knicks one first-round draft pick from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade, and they will not be eager to deal another one before the trade deadline. That could force Dallas to shop in the bargain bin, and acquiring a backup center whose playing time and minutes are way down fits that bill.

Gafford was the Wizards' primary starting center last season, but he is now playing behind Porzingis and averaging just 13.3 minutes per game. The 6’10 big man is still blocking over one shot per game and grabbing over four rebounds, despite the limited playing time.

Gafford is in the final year of his contract, and the Wizards would likely be willing to deal him for a second-round pick. Dallas could get a 24-year-old big man that is searching for more run. The two teams did the KP for Spencer Dinwiddie trade at last season’s deadline, and they could hook up again before Feb. 9.

Daniel Gafford could be an underrated addition for the Dallas Mavericks. He rebounds well, protects the rim, and the 6’10 big man would be a strong pick-and-roll partner for Luka Doncic. Expect general manager Nico Harrison to ask about acquiring Gafford, but that does not mean a deal will get done.