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Dallas Mavericks: Pass or pursue on last minute trades before training camp

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis
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Pass or pursue on Dallas Mavericks trade idea: 3. KP goes to Boston

The NBA Analysis Network produced a blockbuster deal that would send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston. The Mavs and Celtics made a trade this offseason that featured Josh Richardson heading to the Celtics for Moses Brown and a trade exception. This deal is significantly larger in scope, but it would have to wait until after Dec. 15.

Horford has two years left on his contract at $53.5 million. The Mavericks would be downgrading from Kristaps Porzingis, but the other pieces make this deal intriguing. Dennis Schroder could be the ball-handler and playmaker Dallas needs, but he cannot be traded until Dec. 15. On top of those two, Dallas gets a promising young forward and two first-round picks.

Trading two players for three midseason gets complicated. How are the Mavs going to open up a roster spot to make this move happen? Is that problem worth exploring?

Verdict: Pursue

The Dallas Mavericks might take a small step back in the short-term by making this move, but it frees them from Kristaps Porzingis' contract and gives them two first-round picks to trade for another superstar. This deal is fun to dream about, but there is zero chance the Boston Celtics give up that much for KP. If they are willing, the Mavs should have them on the phone right now.