The Dallas Mavericks must improve their roster around Luka Doncic this summer. It starts with Kyrie Irving’s free agency. Will the Mavs sign him to a max contract? Dallas cannot afford to lose him without something coming back in return, but re-signing him is not enough. The franchise must add rebounding, rim protection, and defense if they want to return to the playoffs in 2024 with a shot to make a deep run.
The Atlanta Hawks are facing an important summer of their own regardless of their postseason fate. Their new front office has been given full power to make changes, and that could include trading two-time All-Star Trae Young. The Hawks would want a massive haul in return, but he could be on the move this summer if Atlanta chooses to build around Dejounte Murray or enter a rebuild.
Bleacher Report jumped on the Young news with a set of hypothetical trades for the superstar. The Mavericks were involved, but fans should vote against the deal because it would truly be rock bottom for the franchise. Let us take a closer look.
Mavericks hit rock bottom with Bleacher Report's hypothetical trade for Trae Young
Dallas tanked the final two games of the regular season, and it was so egregious that the NBA opened an investigation into their actions. The goal was keeping their top ten protected draft pick, and the Mavs now have a 79.8 percent chance to do just that.
The franchise must use that pick to improve its roster. Dallas has limited assets and several holes to fill. They need to use their first-round pick to tackle current problems, but more issues could be on the horizon.
Bleacher Report’s idea focused on Irving and potential to want out of Dallas. If Kyrie wants to leave, they proposed a deal where the Mavericks sign-and-trade him to the Hawks with their top-ten draft pick to acquire Trae Young. It gives Dallas a star backcourt, but it would be rock bottom from the franchise.
At best, this is a lateral point guard swap for the Mavs where they give up a first round. Kyrie is the better current player, but Young is younger and a better creator. Except Dallas has the best offensive creator in the world already on their roster, and Young needs the ball in his hands to thrive. The two-time All-Star is also among the worst defenders in the league, so the Mavs give up their best tradable asset in this deal to get worse?
If the Dallas Mavericks have to trade Kyrie and their first-round pick for Trae Young, the franchise’s problems are just beginning. Both Young and Doncic would have to commit to playing off the ball, and the team would need at least two defensive-minded wings with next to zero assets to acquire them. That does not mention the Mavericks' massive hole at the five that would need to be addressed.
The Mavs cannot trade for Trae Young this offseason. They are pot committed to Kyrie Irving, and they must find a way to keep him in Dallas in free agency. The rumors are just starting to heat up on Young, and there will be plenty of Mavericks rumblings in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.