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Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades to upgrade at center

Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Powell
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Dallas Mavericks, Chris Boucher
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Trade that allows Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center: 4. Buy low on Boucher

The Raptors traded for Precious Achiuwa in the Kyle Lowry deal, and he has taken over as the team’s starting center. Chris Boucher has fallen into reserve minutes but could be out of the rotation completely when Pascal Siakam returns from injury.

Boucher is in the final year of his contract, and he could be available on the cheap at the deadline.

Boucher is a strong rim protector that has shown a bit of outside shooting range. The 28-year-old averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 24.9 minutes per game last season. He also scored 1.26 points per possession as a roll man, which ranked in the top 21 percent of the league per NBA Stats.

Chris Boucher could be a massive factor for the Dallas Mavericks, and the Raptors will likely be selling at the deadline. Would a second round and Moses Brown be enough to entice Toronto? The Mavs would have to add Trey Burke to match salaries, but this is a deal that could work out well for all parties involved.

Boucher would be another option for head coach Jason Kidd in Dallas. He would not have to be the starting center, but he would upgrade their rim protection, which can be spotty with Kristaps Porzingis on the bench.

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