5 trades the Dallas Mavericks should already be looking to make

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Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is off to a blazing start to begin the 2022-23 season. He has scored at least 30 points in the first eight games of the year and is only the second player in NBA history to accomplish that feat. Number 77 is leading the league in scoring, and the Mavs have the fifth-highest net rating in the NBA.

Dallas is fresh off a run to the conference finals, and they want to build an annual title contender around Luka. The Mavericks lost Jalen Brunson in the offseason, and they need to get him a bit more help if they want to make another deep postseason run.

The trade market will pick up closer to February’s deadline, but the Mavs should not wait. Every game is going to count in the crowded Western Conference, so here are five trades the team’s front office should take a look at right now.

Trade Dallas Mavericks should already be considering: 5. Land Conley

The Jazz traded Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert in the offseason, and everybody expected them to tank, but they are off to a 7-3 start and are currently second in the Western Conference. Does Danny Ainge tear things down further as Utah looks to gain lottery position or does he let his current veteran group lead the Jazz to the play-in tournament?

Expect Utah to take calls before the trade deadline, and the Mavericks desperately need another ball-handler, especially if they are going to make another deep playoff run.

Could Dallas trade Tim Hardaway Jr. and two second-round picks for Mike Conley? That depends. Conley is certainly helping the Jazz win games, so they could look to dump the veteran point guard, and Dallas should be waiting to pounce if Utah does.

The Jazz would not be excited about taking on THJ’s contract, but his declining salary could be moved in a future deal. With the salary cap rising over the next two seasons, Hardaway’s number will not look outlandish.

This is a no-brainer move for the Dallas Mavericks. They acquire a third ball-handler and playmaker that can get their offense organized in the postseason. It costs them a key scorer and two second-round picks, but teams always have to give to get in the NBA.

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