2. Mavericks land starting center from the Los Angeles Clippers
Similar to a trade originally proposed by Tyler Watts, the Dallas Mavericks land a new starting center and shed two contracts that they want off their books.
In this trade, Dallas lands Ivica Zubac and Marcus Morris Sr. and sends the Los Angeles Clippers Tim Hardaway Jr. and JaVale McGee.
In this deal, Dallas lands Zubac with two years remaining on his contract. This is a great timeline for Dallas, as Dereck Lively II is hopefully ready to start by the time Zubac's contract is up.
Last season for the Clippers, Zubac averaged career highs in points (10.8), rebounds (9.9), and blocks (1.3) per game. He would immediately be the Mavericks' starting center, and Morris Sr. would join Dallas' frontcourt rotation.
Last season for the Clippers, Morris Sr. averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He started every game that he played in last year and can play either forward spot.
Morris Sr. is also known for his toughness and intensity and is a good player to have on your roster during the playoffs, as he backs down from no one.
Zubac doesn't fit the mold of how Dallas likes to use centers, as he isn't a lob catcher or great rim protector, but his ability to score in the paint is intriguing. He is an upgrade over Dwight Powell or Richaun Holmes, and this is a move the Mavs could consider.