The Dallas Mavericks are looking to upgrade their roster before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They need more talent around superstar Luka Doncic if they want to be true title contenders. The Mavs would love to add a second star to pair with number 77, but that move may have to wait because they still owe one first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade.
Dallas cannot afford to sit on their hands. Whether or not the rumors are true, the clock is ticking. Doncic is on his second contract, and the Mavericks have roughly two years to build a title contender around him before the pressure really turns up. The opportunities to improve the roster are finite, and the Mavs risk losing an all-time great if they mess things up.
The NBA trade deadline is two and a half weeks away, and the rumors are heating up. Fans are finding out what sellers are asking for their talent. Here are five no-brainer trades the Mavs should make given the rumored asking price for the players involved.
No-brainer trade Dallas Mavericks should make before deadline: 5. Acquire Reddish
Marc Stein reported (subscription required) that the Knicks are asking for a second-round pick and salary-matches for Reddish. Stein did mention New York's interest in a Reggie Bullock reunion, but Dallas cannot afford to part with the 3-and-D wing unless they plan on making additional moves. Eliminate Bullock, and the Mavericks should have no issues meeting New York’s asking price.
The Knicks would not be eager to take on McGee’s contract, but he is a proven veteran center with three NBA championships. New York could move him in a future deal and maybe even recoup a second-round pick if McGee finds minutes and plays well in the Big Apple.
Dallas only has two second-round picks to trade, but swapping one for a 23-year-old 6’8 wing that was a top-ten draft pick makes sense. Reddish has struggled to find a consistent role, but he ha plenty of talent and Luka Doncic is no stranger to getting the best out of the players around him.
The Dallas Mavericks need an influx of talent, and they have had success in recent years in improving players shooting. Cam Reddish could be the next one on that list. The cost to acquire him is minimal, but the Mavs will have to pay him this offseason. Still trading a second round pick and a backup big man for Reddish would be a wise move.