5 trades the Dallas Mavericks must make after the Kyrie Irving deal

Tyler Watts
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Trade Dallas Mavericks should make after landing Kyrie Irving: 2. Send Wood to LA

Christian Wood is in the final year of his contract, and the two sides are not close on an extension. The Mavs have zero interest in losing him for nothing this offseason, so they are exploring the market before Thursday’s trade deadline.

How much value does C-Wood have around the league? Dallas traded a late first-round pick for him in the offseason, and the Clippers are rumored to be interested, according to Marc Stein. LA does not have a first-round pick to trade, but they could offer Terance Mann instead. Dallas needs to secure a 3-and-D wing in this deal to make things worth their while.

Batum is a versatile defender that sinks open shots and can handle the ball. He is the perfect player for the Mavericks' new-look roster. The 6’8 veteran can only play 20 to 25 minutes per game at this point in his career, but he could be an impactful piece for Dallas in the postseason.

Mann is an improving playmaker and outside shooter. The 26-year-old played four years of college basketball, so he is in just his fourth NBA season. Mann would fit well into the Mavericks' second unit, and Dallas adds some needed depth in this trade.

LA is trying to trade John Wall, and the Mavericks could fold him into this deal. Making the salary-matching work is tough, but Dallas will be motivated to add a third playmaker before 2 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon.