2. Mavericks land young star, shed cap
This scenario would land the Mavericks immediate young talent while shedding some cap space for next summer.
** Double sign-and-trade: Kyrie Irving agrees to a four-year, $210 million contract, Austin Reaves inks a four-year, $80 million contract, and Dennis Schroder agrees to a three-year, $24 million contract
This trade is more likely and gives the Mavs depth while shedding an awful contract.
Last summer, the Mavericks signed JaVale McGee thinking he would bolster their frontcourt and solve their problem at center. He was promised a starting spot by head coach Jason Kidd before the season, and the organization thought they signed a solid big that would fill a gaping hole.
They were wrong. McGee started just seven games last season and played 8.5 minutes per game. He was even unplayable at times.
This trade sheds the final two years of McGee's contract while landing the Mavericks a budding young star. Since March 1, Austin Reaves is averaging 17.7 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 40 percent from three and 85 percent from the free-throw line. He's also just 24 years old.
Along with Reaves, the Mavericks would acquire Malik Beasley, Mo Bamba, and Dennis Schroder.
Bamba played just 11 total minutes in the Lakers' six first-round playoff games against the Grizzlies, and LA would likely want to get his expiring contracts off the books. The Lakers won't want to re-sign him after next season, and Dallas could take him off their hands. He is an upgrade over McGee at center and could provide some defensive help in the frontcourt.
Schroder would be the secondary ball handler off the bench that Dallas needs and would be an upgrade over Frank Ntilikina and McKinley Wright IV.
Beasley is another player that has slowly fallen out of the Lakers' rotation in the playoffs. He is playing 10.8 minutes per game and averaging 4.2 points per game. The Lakers will likely decline his team option anyways this summer but in this scenario, they could accept it and send him to Dallas.