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Should the Mavericks trade for Caris LeVert?

Dallas Mavericks, Caris LeVert
Dallas Mavericks, Caris LeVert / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Caris LeVert
Dallas Mavericks, Caris LeVert / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Case against the Dallas Mavericks acquiring Caris LeVert

The Mavs made it clear that they want to put shooters around Luka Doncic, and they did so again in the 2021 offseason with the additions of Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown, who both shot north of 40 percent from 3-point range last season.

LeVert does not fit that mold. He is a career 33.3 percent 3-point shooter, and the 2019-2020 season was the only time he shot over 35 percent for his career. Would the Mavericks acquire a below-average shooter on the wing to pair with Luka?

LeVert’s injury history would also be a concern. He has not played more than 47 games in a season since 2018, and the 27-year-old has a history of foot injuries dating back to his college days at Michigan. LeVert played 71 games in the 2017-2018 season, but his next highest is 57.

The 6’6 wing does not rate well on the defensive end of the floor either. This season, he is 167th of 250 qualified players in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR, and he was 153rd last year. Head coach Jason Kidd has emphasized defensive improvement, so would Dallas want to acquire a below-average wing defender?

Caris Levert is expected to be available before the trade deadline, but should the Dallas Mavericks acquire him?

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