Why trading for a star player could make the Dallas Mavericks worse

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Reggie Bullock
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Depth is an issue for the Dallas Mavericks: It will be worse if they trade for second star

Depth has been an issue for Mavs in recent weeks as multiple rotation pieces have missed time with injuries. They had seven trusted options in Monday’s win over the Pistons. Maxi Kleber and Christian Wood are currently out injured, so even fully healthy, Dallas has nine players to use in a playoff series.

If trading for a second star costs them three of those players, and they only get one in return, the team’s depth is a massive issue. Head coach Jason Kidd will be forced to play Davis Bertans or Jaden Hardy minutes in the postseason, which will be difficult as teams attack the opponent's weakest link more frequently.

The Dallas Mavericks need more talent, and they would love to acquire a second star. Dallas needs one to become a true championship contender. They will be better long term if they acquire a second star before the deadline, but they could be worse in the short-term. Think back to the Kristaps Porzingis trade in 2019. Dallas did not have a lot left around Doncic for the remainder of that season, and it could be something similar this year if they acquire a second star before the deadline.

dark. Next. 1 trade target for Mavs to consider at every position

The Mavs are only parting with Dorian Finney-Smith if they can acquire a second star. Who will they land before Feb. 9? Stay tuned because there will be plenty of drama and suspense over the final ten days before the deadline.