Grade the Trade: Mavericks land highly coveted wing in blockbuster deal

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, OG Anunoby
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, OG Anunoby / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks enter the offseason facing the massive challenge of building a title contender around Luka Doncic. They were in the conference finals in 2022, but Dallas missed the postseason entirely as the 24-year-old’s supporting cast was simply not good enough. The Mavs struggled to rebound, protect the rim, and defend on the perimeter, and things got worse after they traded for Kyrie Irving.

Can Dallas bring Kyrie back this summer? The eight-time All-Star is an unrestricted free agent and made it clear that he is in zero rush to make a decision. The Mavs struggled mightily after the trade, and Irving could depart this summer.

Dallas wants to win now, and they are rumored to be shopping the tenth pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. They need strong defensive wings, a rim-protecting big man, and depth. The Mavs would love to trade their lottery selection for a difference-maker, but could they get one of the most sought-after wings on the market?

Dallas Mavericks land OG Anunoby in a surprise blockbuster

The Raptors are at a crossroads after firing Nick Nurse and missing the playoffs in two of the last three years. Will they head into a rebuild as Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. enter free agency or does Toronto try to improve their roster this summer? OG Anunoby is always in trade rumors, and here is a hypothetical trade from Bleacher Report that gets him to Dallas.

B/R Mavs land OG

It is a hefty price to play, but Anunoby is the perfect fit next to Luka Doncic. The 6’7 wing can guard every position, space the floor, and score 17 a night. The 25-year-old is just entering his prime and is one of the best two-way players in the NBA.

Would this be enough to convince the Raptors to make the trade? This deal is problematic for Dallas, but would they do it? Here is a closer look.