The Dallas Mavericks and the NBA are dealing with a COVID outbreak during the holiday season. The numbers in health and safety protocols have skyrocketed in December with the Mavs having seven players put on in a week, including superstar Luka Doncic.
The COVID issues have put a short-term damper on trade talks. GM and executives are more concerned with filling their roster for the next game than they are about swinging a deal. That focus will shift after the new year and trade talks will heat up quickly ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline.
The Mavericks are in desperate need of roster upgrades. They do not have enough talent around Luka Doncic and the team's lack of turnover over the last three years has stagnated their growth. Dallas needs to be active and aggressive ahead of the trade deadline, and that means plenty of hypothetical deals getting thrown around.
Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue on 5 holiday trade ideas?
Dallas has some clear needs when their roster is at full strength. They must acquire another offensive creator, an upgrade at the five, and an overall increase in talent. The Mavericks need another star-caliber player if they want to jump into title contention, but that piece will be difficult to acquire because Dallas still owes a first-round pick to the Knicks in 2023.
The Dallas Mavericks should be active in all discussions, but what type of trades could they make. Here is a look at five hypothetical deals to decide if their front office should pass or pursue them.