Will the Dallas Mavericks make a trade with the Utah Jazz before the start of the regular season?
The Jazz will certainly make more trades before training camp kicks off in late September. Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Jordan Clarkson appear certain to be off their roster if Utah can find a contending team willing to improve their stockpile of draft capital.
The Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Durant trade sagas slowed down the market enough that multiple teams are still looking to upgrade their roster, despite training camp being just over three weeks away.
The Dallas Mavericks appear to be content with their roster. Owner Mark Cuban talked about the team keeping their final roster spot open to improve their flexibility to make moves during the season. If Dallas plans to enter the season with just 14 players, they are unlikely to trade for a meaningful piece before training camp.
The Mavs want another star player to pair with Luka Doncic, so they will likely hold on to their first-round picks until next summer before searching for a blockbuster deal. Can Dallas acquire another All-Star? It will depend on who is available and what other teams are willing to put on the table.
Damian Lillard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Bradley Beal are All-Star players that could be available. How this season plays out will determine which players want out. Nobody expected Kevin Durant to request a trade after he signed a four-year extension one year ago. Things happen fast in the NBA, and the Dallas Mavericks want to be in the running for the next star searching for a new home.
To be in the mix, the Mavs will have to miss out on upgrading their roster in the short term. Stay tuned to see where the Utah Jazz ship Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Jordan Clarkson. Will it be to another Western Conference contender? Only time will tell.