10 Way-too-early 2024 trade deadline candidates Mavericks should monitor

Dallas Mavericks, Jarrett Allen
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2. Jarrett Allen

The Cavaliers finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. It left Cleveland questioning how their roster will perform in the postseason. They have two undersized guards and two big men. The Cavs improved on the wing this summer, but was it enough?

Allen could become available as Cleveland looks to play Evan Mobley at the five. They won't give away the former All-Star, but he could be shipped out in a larger trade that improves their roster. Allen accepted a smaller role last season, but the 25-year-old will have plenty of suitors if he becomes available.

Fro is the perfect fit for the Mavericks. He averaged 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 32.6 minutes per game last season. Allen is an elite rebounder that protects the rim and thrives in the pick-and-roll. He won't complain about touches and is happy helping his team win games.

The Dallas Mavericks' biggest issue would be finding the assets to acquire him. Jarrett Allen is just entering his prime and is already an elite starting center. He defends better than most big men in space and could make a massive impact playing with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. One first-round pick and two seconds is unlikely to be enough to get a deal done, but it is worth exploring.