5 Offseason trades that make the Dallas Mavericks title contenders

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5. Pascal Siakam

Adding a star big man would be a huge win for the Dallas Mavericks, and in the case of Pascal Siakam, they would be getting the perfect mix of versatility and scoring.

Siakam can play the four as well as the small-ball five, which would give Jason Kidd and the Mavericks plenty of flexibility. Plus, his ball-handling skills at the big man position would take plenty of pressure off of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

He's a plus on defense, he can guard bigs, wings, and forwards, and he’d be another 20-point scorer for the Mavericks to add to the lineup—and one who’s not a defensive liability.

Giving up two first-round picks for Siakam would certainly be a risk, as they could choose to save them for a bigger star if one were to become available, but the Mavericks can’t afford to wait much longer to help Doncic compete.

Meanwhile, for the Toronto Raptors, this deal would see them shift into a rebuild. The only way Siakam becomes available is if they decide to completely blow things up.

The two first-round picks would be a nice start if they attempted to stockpile draft assets, as would the protected first. Plus, if Doncic gets fed up with the Mavericks at some point, they could be very valuable.

And on top of that, they would add Jaden Hardy to the roster, who has shown blips of star power during his time in Dallas thus far.