5 trades Mavericks must make to get rid of JaVale McGee

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3. Dallas acquires former fan favorite and bolster wing depth

One of the Dallas Mavericks' biggest blows last season was losing Dorian Finney-Smith in the Kyrie Irving trade. He made a name for himself in Dallas and went from undrafted to an everyday starter for the Mavs.

In this trade, the Mavericks get Finney-Smith back along with another wing defender.

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Editor's note: Dallas can't trade for Finney-Smith until the trade deadline or another team trades for him first. Since McGee likely won't be on the roster at that point, they could also consider Hardaway Jr., McGee, and the two second-round picks for O'Neale.

This trade would be pushing it for Brooklyn, as they reportedly want multiple firsts for Finney-Smith, but considering that Dallas' 2027 first-round pick could be in a great spot, Brooklyn could consider making this deal.

In this deal, Dallas gives up an asset they are being "incredibly cautious" about dealing, but it's for a player who has had a great career in Dallas in Finney-Smith. He was always responsible for guarding the other team's best forward, and having him and Grant Williams on the court together would give the Mavs a stout defensive group.

They also land Royce O'Neale in this trade, and he is also a skilled perimeter defender. He averaged 8.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 0.9 steals last season for the Nets, and adding him to Dallas' group of wings would be huge.

Adding Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O'Neale would be beneficial for Dallas as they try to get back to playing better defense, but getting this trade done for this good of a price would be difficult.

Both wings would play heavy minutes for the Mavs, as they still need more wing depth.

Dallas could even consider throwing in another asset, but Brooklyn may demand more and this trade idea may just be a pipe dream.