Should the Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue these 5 B/R hypothetical trades?

Dallas Mavericks, Eric Gordon, Reggie Bullock
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The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a run to the conference finals, and they are looking to build an annual title contender around Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar has been unstoppable to begin the 2022-23 season, and he is among the MVP favorites so far. Dallas is just 9-8, and they need to give number 77 more help if they plan on making a deep playoff run.

The Mavs are unlikely to make a massive splash before the trade deadline. They owe their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks with a top ten protection from the original Kristaps Porzingis deal. Assuming it conveys, Dallas will have all their first-rounders to deal this summer, and they will be in the running for the next star that becomes available. The Mavs need more talent around Luka, but adding a second All-Star could immediately vault them into the title picture.

With that said, what can Dallas do before February’s deadline? Trade season truly kicks off on Dec. 15 when most players that signed contracts in the offseason become eligible to be traded. In preparation, Bleacher Report mocked up 30 hypothetical trades, and five of them featured the Mavericks. Should they pass or pursue those moves in real life?

Pass or pursue Dallas Mavericks hypothetical trade: 5. Land Holmes

Richaun Holmes has fallen out of the Kings' rotation after they acquired Domantas Sabonis and drafted Keegan Murray. The 6’10 big man figures to be a name heavily mentioned on the trade market, and Bleacher Report offered this deal for Dallas to acquire him.

Should the Mavericks give up a starting wing to upgrade at the five? Reggie Bullock is struggling to make shots this season, but fans know he is above average 3-point shooter that can guard multiple positions. Does Holmes provide enough of an upgrade over Dwight Powell and JaVale McGee that makes it worth losing a starting wing?

Verdict: Pass

Trading Bullock and McGee for Holmes and Trey Lyles does not make the Mavericks better. It would open more minutes for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Green on the wing. Green has been impressive in his third season but is not quite ready for playing 30-plus minutes per game and being a trusted starter in the postseason. The Dallas Mavericks should be interested in Richaun Holmes, but not at the cost of Reggie Bullock.

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