The Dallas Mavericks have epitomized the term "up-and-down" recently as they've gone 7-6 through their last 13 games. It's been a particularly rough stretch for the Mavericks as they've dealt with an abundance of injuries from seemingly everyone on the roster at some point over the last couple of weeks.
Luka Doncic just returned to action against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night after an ankle sprain sidelined him from Dallas' previous three games, but it didn't matter much as Kyrie Irving and the rest of Dallas' role players looked extremely out of sorts offensively in the 127-110 loss.
Dallas has luckily regained most of their players who have been dealing with injuries in the last month or two though, barring Dante Exum who is still out with a right plantar fascia sprain.
Mavericks land Warriors forward and young flyer in blockbuster trade proposal
Hopefully, Dallas has already had there fair share of run-ins with the injury bug this past month or so, as they can't sustain large chunks of their rotation missing for elongated periods of time. Dallas has been rumored to be trying to trade for another forward to address some of their defensive issues, so one silver lining that we can take from this recent stretch is the fact that it gave us (as well as Nico Harrison) further insight into some of Dallas' flaws.
Dallas needs a variety of things in a trade, but at the top of the totem pole is certainly where wing defense would lay in that equation. In this mock trade, Dallas finally gets their coveted wing defender from the Golden State Warriors.
Here we grade the trade for both teams, and analyze whether or not it's in each team's best interest to make the trade or not.