7 realistic trades the Dallas Mavericks should make for a starting center

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4. Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls pull off double sign-and-trade that sends Andre Drummond to Dallas

Andre Drummond reportedly wanted to sign with the Mavericks if he opted out of his contract with the Bulls according to Marc Stein (subscription required), and in this trade, the Mavs land him.

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**Sign-and-trade: Dallas' Christain Wood agrees to a three-year, $15 million contract in order to be traded to Chicago

**Sign-and-trade: Chicago's Ayo Dosunmu agrees to a three-year, $16 million contract in order to be traded to Dallas

This trade is similar to a deal originally proposed recently by Bleacher Report that sends Caruso to the Mavs, but it also turns into a double sign-and-trade as the Bulls land Christian Wood while Dallas lands Ayo Dosunmu.

Along with Dosunmu and Caruso, the Mavs get a slight upgrade at starting center in Drummond. Last season for the Bulls, he averaged 6.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game in just 12.7 minutes per game. He isn't a massive upgrade over Dwight Powell or Richaun Holmes, but he would be a good big to start until Dereck Lively II is ready to start.

One part of this trade that would be hard is losing Jaden Hardy.

Hardy is a potential future star in the making and is an outstanding scorer, but this offer may be too good for Dallas to pass up. Dosunmu would be the backup point guard that can guard multiple positions, and Caruso would be the Mavs' best on-ball defender.

In all reality, the Mavs only lose one rotation piece in this trade in Hardy. Wood was never going to be back in the first place, and McGee will be waived if not traded this offseason.

Since the Bulls are reportedly interested in Wood, this trade may be doable. The Bulls also land a young guard with All-Star potential in Hardy, and he will be a great piece for Chicago to build around for years to come.

Land a temporary starting center in Andre Drummond but lose a potential future star in Jaden Hardy. Overall, land three rotation pieces that will play heavy minutes. Dallas Mavericks. mavs grade drummond. B-