The Dallas Mavericks want to improve their roster around Luka Doncic. The 23-year-superstar lifted them to the conference finals last year, but the loss of Jalen Brunson in free agency has Dallas searching for another ball-handler. The Mavs are exploring the trade market for center upgrades after offseason signing JaVale McGee has struggled to fit into the team’s defensive scheme.
Dec. 15 is always a crucial day in the NBA calendar. That is when players that signed in the offseason become eligible to be traded. 74 players are now free to be moved by their teams, which opens a lot of fresh possibilities for front offices to explore.
The Mavs are looking to make moves, so here are three players that they could target via trade with that Dec. 15 eligibility in the rearview.
Fresh Dallas Mavericks trade target: 3. Goran Dragic
Dragic wanted to join the Mavericks in the offseason to play next to his friend and countryman Luka Doncic, but he signed with the Bulls because they promised him a rotation role. Dallas viewed the veteran as an emergency point guard that would not be part of their nightly rotation.
The Mavs desperately need more ball-handling and playmaking on their roster, so would the front office be willing to admit they were wrong about Dragic? His production has dipped over the last ten games, but The Dragon is still averaging 7.8 points and 3.3 assists in 17.1 minutes per game.
Goran Dragic has raised his game in the playoffs in recent years, including helping the Miami Heat reach the NBA Finals inside the bubble. Could the 36-year-old do that again in Dallas? The Chicago Bulls could be headed toward a fire sale, and the Dallas Mavericks should inquire about Goran Dragic to see if they can buy him at a discount.