3. Karl-Anthony Towns
We mentioned the idea of a potential Karl-Anthony Towns trade when discussing trade options for the 10th pick, but could the Dallas Mavericks make a deal without it?
Towns’ offensive game would fit seamlessly alongside Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, giving them a post option to go to and an elite three-point shooter to run the pick-n-pop with.
Dallas would form an elite offensive Big Three, though there could be some concerns on the defensive side of the ball. That’s where they would need Josh Green and Maxi Kleber to step up.
This deal would require them to give up most of the rest of their available draft capital, though, which could be worrisome for the Mavericks if the deal doesn’t work out.
The Minnesota Timberwolves could probably get a better deal than this. Plain and simple. But if they value flexible contracts over long-term money on young players, this could at least be a bit intriguing.
Jaden Hardy would be a nice piece for them, and the other three players they get could play rotational minutes. Plus, by the time the pick swaps convey, who’s to say Doncic is still leading the way in Dallas.
It’s a deal that seems unlikely, but it’s one that the Mavericks should at least throw out there in an attempt to lure the Timberwolves in.
Potential starting lineups
Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, Karl-Anthony Towns
Timberwolves: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, Kyle Anderson, Jaden McDaniels, Rudy Gobert