3 reasons why acquiring Zach LaVine would be a mistake for the Dallas Mavericks

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Why Dallas Mavericks trading for Zach LaVine would be a mistake: 2. Crushes flexibility

LaVine’s five-year max contract will not be easy to acquire. It will cost the Mavs multiple pieces to make the salaries work, and it crushes their flexibility moving forward. Luka Doncic and LaVine combined would make $74.2 million this season.

The cap is projected to rise to $134 million next season, but the duo would make north of $80 million combined. Dallas would be in the luxury tax, but what kind of roster could they build around Luka and LaVine?

Trading for LaVine would make him Doncic’s co-star for the length of their current contracts. It would not be easy to trade him away if things did not work out. The front office would have to admit they made a mistake, and that is not easy to do. Kristaps Porzingis did not get traded away until the Mavericks made a front-office change. If the duo does not work out, it could be the team’s last chance before number 77 hits free agency.

Trading for LaVine would put Dallas in the luxury tax for the foreseeable future. Would the Mavericks be willing to pay the penalties over the next four years? Is Zach LaVine enough to make the team title contenders? It is an important question to ask.

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