2. Mavericks trade for Kelly Olynyk
This would be another imperfect trade, but it would accomplish two goals for the Dallas Mavericks - trading for veteran help while also staying in the first round of the 2023 NBA draft.
Kelly Olynyk would be a solid starting center option for the Mavericks. He’s not a terrible defender (better than most give him credit for) and would be able to space the floor on the offensive end while also acting as a solid playmaker from the big man spot.
Dallas doesn’t necessarily need Jordan Clarkson, but he would be a nice sparkplug to bring off the bench. It beefs up their roster a bit, at the very least. (Clarkson would also have to opt into his player option for this trade to go through.)
Plus, they would stay in the first round of the draft. Moving back to pick 28 significantly changes the type of prospect they could pick, but win-now guys like Jaime Jaquez Jr., Julian Strawther, and Andre Jackson could still be on the board.
The Utah Jazz have been looking for a way to move up in this year’s draft, and this could be the perfect way to do that without having to give up their other first-rounders.
Dallas needs veteran help and the Jazz would easily be able to take on the brutal contracts of Davis Bertans and JaVale McGee (which the Mavericks would also get to ditch.)
Potential starting lineups
Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, Kelly Olynyk
Jazz: Collin Sexton, Talen-Horton Tucker, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler