The Dallas Mavericks are no stranger when it comes to when it comes to making big trades.
The most recent Mavericks rumors came earlier this week as Dallas has reportedly shown interest in trading for Buddy Hield.
Last season, Nico Harrison and the team traded three draft picks and players Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. This is a trade Dallas felt they desperately needed, as the team was looking for players to pair alongside Luka Doncic.
5 All-Stars the Mavericks could end up trading for in the 2023-24 season
Fast forward to today, and the trade may not have panned out how Dallas hoped it would. The Mavs missed the playoffs last season and tanked their final games.
However, given the production and achievements of Irving, Dallas is not ready to give up on the one-time NBA Champion. In 20 games, the Mavs' guard averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.0 rebounds. He also shot 39.2 percent from the three-point line and 51 percent from the field.
If the Irving trade proved anything, it is that the team is not afraid to make a splash.
Dallas traded multiple players and first-round picks for Hall of Famer Jason Kidd in 2008. This was a trade the Mavs felt would get them over their playoff hump. The acquisitions eventually worked out, as the team won the NBA Finals in 2011.
Other in-season trades included the Mavs trading for 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis in 2019 and acquiring 1998 All-Star Nick Van Exel in 2002.
Probably, one of the biggest trades was Dallas getting Tyson Chandler. The former Mav became an All-Star in 2013 and was part of the team's 2011 title run.
Now, with the season underway, what other all-stars could the team trade for?
Here are five possible all-star the Mavs could trade for.
5. Karl-Anthony Towns
It is no question that the Dallas Mavericks need help at the center position. One possible option could be Dallas trading for a 3-time All-Star.
Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report suggested that the Mavs should trade for Karl-Anthony Towns. In the hypothetical trade, he hinted at a Dallas package centered around Jaden Hardy, the 2027 first-round pick, and other assets in a deal.
Fadeaway World also suggested Dallas trade for Towns. Lee Tran threw around a trade package of Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Green, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, and a first-round pick. Trans also had Christian Wood in the proposed deal, so Dallas would have to throw in someone else.
If the Mavs were to get the Minnesota center, it would give the team a true center and a third viable option to pair next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
Obtaining Towns would be a gamble. Last season, he played 29 games after missing most of the year with a calf injury. He averaged 20.8 points and 8.1 rebounds (a career low) last season.
However, he is still a 3-time All-Star who is better than any of the centers on Dallas' roster.
If the Timberwolves begin to decline, could they be inclined to trade their star player? Could the trade be just what Dallas needs to get over the hump?