5 Hypothetical trades that land Deandre Ayton on the Dallas Mavericks
By Tyler Watts
1. Most likely
The Suns want depth, and Dallas would love to add Deandre Ayton. Ayton shares an agent with Luka Doncic, and the two 2018 draftees know each other well. The 24-year-old would instantly be one of the best centers in Mavs history, and both sides are motivated to make a deal. Here is what the final trade could look like if they decide to move Ayton to the Mavericks.
This deal gives the Suns three players that could instantly slot into their rotation. Tim Hardaway Jr. could start or come off the bench, but he will be a key floor spacer in their closing group. Maxi Kleber’s ability to protect the rim, guard on the perimeter, and shoot threes makes him a candidate to close games, and they also add a backup center in JaVale McGee.
The first-round pick feels like a must for the former number-one overall pick. Is it a hefty price? Yes, but it will always cost to acquire talent in the NBA. Young talent adds a tax. This trade would further deplete the Mavs' depth, but they would have the entire offseason to figure it out behind their three stars.
Will the Dallas Mavericks acquire Deandre Ayton this offseason? Do they have a massive trade up their sleeve? The offseason rumors are just starting to heat up, and the deals will happen before fans know it, so stay tuned for all the latest.