Training camp for the Dallas Mavericks is less than a month away, and their first preseason game is on October 5.
This offseason has gone by in a blink of an eye, and the new-look Mavericks squad will be taking the court for their first regular season game on October 25 against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Mavericks' biggest move this offseason was re-signing Kyrie Irving, but what if I told you that the Mavericks could have had a different star point guard leading their team if a certain set of trade negotiations went their way?
Mavericks "did everything" to try to trade for star point guard
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on Patrick Beverley's podcast, "The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone," on August 30 and gave some insight into a trade that they tried to pull off a few years prior.
According to Cuban, Dallas "did everything we could to trade up and get" Tyrese Haliburton in the 2020 NBA Draft. This is something that has been reported multiple times in the past, including a report by ESPN's Tim MacMahon that detailed the package Dallas was offering in trades (a package that included Jalen Brunson), and Cuban's comment confirms Dallas' former desire to trade up and draft the star point guard even more.
Haliburton ended up going to the Sacramento Kings with the No. 12 overall pick, but it's fun to think about what the Mavs would look like with him on the squad.
The Mavs have Irving now, but having Haliburton next to Luka Doncic in the backcourt would be amazing to watch. Haliburton would have still been on a rookie deal at this point, and the Mavs could have used the remaining cap space to sign a third star.
Last season for the Indiana Pacers, Haliburton averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He also appeared in his first All-Star game, and his game has improved drastically every year that he has been in the league.
Of course, this is all hypothetical, and the Mavs would have had to give up a big trade package to trade for him, but Haliburton in Dallas would have been a great fit. Both of Dallas' lead guards would have been under 24 right now, and the Mavs would have been set for years to come.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding the Dallas Mavericks this summer, so stay tuned.