Grade the Trade: How Mavericks could pull off a deal for Kyle Kuzma

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The Dallas Mavericks are at a crossroads. They need more talent around superstar Luka Doncic if they want to be true title contenders. Number 77 is one of the best players in the world, but the Mavs do not have a second star and their role players are too inconsistent. Dallas currently sits fifth in the Western Conference, but they are just 1.5 games from missing the play-in tournament. The Mavs desperately need to make a trade, but even that is complicated.

Dallas owes their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade back in 2019. They can have all of their first-round picks available to trade for the first time in the Luka Doncic era if the Maverick avoid trading a first-rounder before the draft. Dallas must decide if they want to make a short-term upgrade at the deadline or put multiple picks together to go star-hunting in the offseason.

Plenty of interesting names will be available before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, but who will the Mavericks target? Could they convince the Wizards to trade Kyle Kuzma to Dallas? What deal makes sense for both sides? Let us dive in.

Could the Dallas Mavericks add another needed scorer in Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma?

The Wizards traded Rui Hachimura to the Lakers on Monday in part as a way to keep their future spending down. Washington is prioritizing re-signing Kyle Kuzma and former Maverick Kristaps Porzingis in the offseason. Kuzma is expected to become an unrestricted free agent, but what if he tells the Wizards he does not plan to re-sign?

Washington was rumored to be shopping Kuzma earlier this season, and they could be again before the trade deadline, but how could the Dallas Mavericks get involved?