How Rudy Gobert trade impacts Dallas Mavericks: 2. Price of acquiring star
The Mavs want to acquire a second star to pair with Luka Doncic, but they need to accumulate the assets to do so first. Dallas still owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade back in 2019. Next summer, Dallas will have all their picks available to trade for a star player.
This Gobert deal increased the price for any All-Star level player. The Jazz got three unprotected first-round picks plus a top-five protected pick back for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Gobert is an outstanding player, but he is not considered a top ten player in the league or even top 20, and it took four first-round picks and a player that was just selected in the first round. That is a massive haul that every team looking to deal a star will now want in return.
If the Mavericks trade for a star next summer or in 2024, it will now cost them every draft pick and swap available because Dallas will not have the Walker Kessler or Jarred Vanderbilt piece Minnesota gave up. Without those prospects, the Mavs will need to add in more draft capital, which means allowing the opposing team to control their draft for the next seven years.
It increases the risk of trading for a star player and puts the Dallas Mavericks at a disadvantage in any negotiations.