The NBA trade deadline is just over a week away, and rumors have been flowing over the last few weeks about the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs seem focused on upgrading at the power forward position and have been linked to P.J. Washington, Pascal Siakam, Dorian Finney-Smith, and several other players across the league.
One other power forward that the Mavs have been linked to is Washington Wizards star forward Kyle Kuzma, and HoopsHype writer Mark Deeks listed the Mavs as a trade destination that "makes sense" for him. Deeks also teased that there could be some "mutual interest" between Kuzma and the Mavs.
Dallas Mavericks listed as trade destination that 'makes sense' for Wizards star
This season for the Wizards, Kuzma is averaging 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from downtown. Kuzma can score at will, and it would give the Mavs a deadly big three along with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
Although Kuzma doesn't fit the mold of the type of four that many fans want, he does fit the mold of the type of forward that Mark Cuban wants. Cuban said he wants a forward with size who can create off the dribble, and both of those qualities fit Kuzma.
He would give the Mavs a third starter who can create his own shot, and his offensive skills are undeniable. Kuzma wouldn't fix Dallas' defensive issues, but his shooting and size are both intriguing. The Mavs could also consider pursuing Kuzma's teammate Daniel Gafford, as they have already been linked to him and still need help at the backup center spot.
The Wizards are reportedly asking for two first-round picks for Kuzma, and the Mavs only have one first-round pick to trade right now. It doesn't seem likely that a trade involving Kuzma will net the Wizards two first-round picks at this juncture, but only time will tell.
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