10 players the Mavericks may replace Kyrie Irving with by the trade deadline

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4. Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert isn't someone that Dallas Mavericks fans particularly like, but he does seem like a player that the Minnesota Timberwolves could move if their two center strategy doesn't work this season.

Gobert has consistently been one of the better centers in the NBA over the last few years, and his elite ability to protect the rim would be valued tremendously in Dallas. The Mavericks drafted Dereck Lively II this summer to be their center of the future, and sitting behind a big like Gobert could work wonders for him.

Through 10 seasons in the NBA, Gobert has averaged 12.5 points, 11.6 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 2.1 blocks per game. He has become one of the best defensive centers in the NBA, and his limited offensive game could be easily hidden in Dallas.

The Mavs have plenty of offensive-minded players, and Gobert would be utilized as a rebounder and defensive anchor. His ability to catch lobs would also be a solid fit next to Luka Doncic.

Gobert still has two more years on his contract with a player option for the third season. He is making more than he is worth, but his fit in Dallas would be great, regardless of fans' general opinions on him as a player.

Dallas would have one of the best rim protectors in the NBA on the squad with this trade, but I'm not sure if it thrusts them into title contention.