8 Centers upgrades Dallas Mavericks could target this offseason

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4. Jarrett Allen

The Cavaliers are at a bit of crossroads after being bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Knicks. Mitchell Robinson dominated the glass in that series, and it left Cleveland questioning what is the best way to build their roster moving forward.

The Cavaliers need help on the wing, especially with their undersized backcourt. Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland are both fantastic offensive weapons, but Cleveland needs to build out their defense behind them. Could that mean putting an All-Star big man on the trade block in hopes of getting back pieces that help them take the next step?

Allen has three years and $60 million left on his contract, but trading him allows the Cavaliers to go smaller and embrace Evan Mobley at the five. They may not want to do that throughout the regular season, but that move could pay massive dividends in the playoffs when every team trends smaller.

Jarrett Allen averaged 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 32.6 minutes per game last season. He would be the Dallas Mavericks' best center since Tyson Chandler and the team would love to add someone of his caliber to their roster. The price will likely be high, but the Mavs are going to have to pay to get a difference-maker.