The Dallas Mavericks have struggled mightily to start games so far this season. Luka Doncic is a team-worst negative-59 in his 169 minutes on the floor as the Mavs have not lead at the end of the first quarter in any of their first five games.
The team’s biggest weakness is the center position. New head coach Jason Kidd views Kristaps Porzingis as a four, and with input from the Mavs leadership council, veteran Dwight Powell is the team’s starting center. Powell is an outstanding pick and roll partner for Luka, but he limits the Mavs space and struggles on the defensive end of the floor.
Dallas wants to jump into title contender this year, but they will likely have to upgrade at the five to make that a reality. Here are five trades that could get that job done.
5 trades for the Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center
The Mavs have better starting options on their roster, but both would involve playing Kristaps Porzingis more at the five. Coach Kidd could start Maxi Kleber to give his team more shooting and rim protection on the floor or they could shift small by opening with Reggie Bullock or another wing over DP.
Kidd does not want that. He prefers to have a center on the floor next to Kristaps Porzingis, but can the Mavs acquire an upgrade? There are a ton of players that could be available by the trade deadline. Teams are waiting until the restrictions on free agents that signed this offseason are lifted to dive into serious talks.
Derrick Favors, Marvin Bagley, and Gorgui Dieng are all likely to be available cheap, but would only present marginal upgrades.
Here are five trades that would allow the Dallas Mavericks to acquire a starting-caliber center as they look to take that next step.