Dallas Mavericks trade targets ranked from probable to pipe dream

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8. Isaiah Stewart

Reports from this trade season have indicated that the Dallas Mavericks are looking to upgrade at the power forward or small forward spot, but Dallas' play when Dereck Lively II is off the floor or out of the lineup has typically been poor this season.

Lively II has been a massive difference-maker in his rookie year, and the Mavs must add a better backup big man. Both Dwight Powell and Richaun Holmes haven't been playing the best this season, and adding someone who can rebound, stretch the floor, and play defense could be essential for the Mavs to make a deep playoff run.

That's why a trade for someone like Isaiah Stewart of the Detroit Pistons makes so much sense.

The Mavericks have reportedly shown "great interest" in trading for Stewart, and them making a trade for him seems like a move Dallas could be interested in.

This season for the Pistons, Stewart is averaging 10.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting a career-high 38.4 percent from downtown. Stewart is someone who would immediately step in as the backup center to Lively II, and his ability to stretch the floor and bring physicality would be huge for the Mavs.

The Mavs need one more player who doesn't back down from anyone and is eager to stand up for his teammates, and those qualities embody Stewart as a player.