Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are off to a hot start this season. At 13-6, the Mavericks are currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference and this is due to the extraordinary play by Luka Doncic.
So far this year, Luka is averaging 30.1 points, 10 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game and the craziest part is that he is only 20 years old. Despite his hot start, the rest of the team has just been okay and some of it is concerning. Luka is the only playmaker on this team and Kristaps Porzingis, who the Mavs traded for and gave a 5-year, max extension, has been disappointing so far as he is still adjusting.
The Mavs made an interesting decision this past offseason as they decided to be conservative with their cap and made in-house moves rather than being aggressive and going after top free agents. In hindsight, this does look to be a good move, but only time will tell. With these struggles that the Mavs have had, it would make sense to try to add a 2nd/3rd option to this team. Here are 5 players who the Mavericks could trade for.
Chris Paul is having a great season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and would be a great addition to the Mavericks. So far this season, CP3 is averaging 16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 44.9% from the field and 41.4% from three. Adding Chris Paul would give the Mavericks another playmaker/facilitator, which has been an area of concern for this team. Despite ranking 11th in assists per game this year with 24.8 per game, the Mavs have failed to find a playmaker outside of Luka on the team.
Luka is currently leading this team in assists per game at 9.5 but, the number two in assists per game on the Mavs is Delon Wright with a measly 3.1 assists per game. The 4 leaders in assists per game after Luka on this team (Delon Wright, Jalen Brunson, J.J. Barea, and Tim Hardaway Jr.) are only averaging 9.9 assists per game combined which is only 0.4 assists per game more than Luka.
Not only will Chris Paul be another playmaker for you but, he is someone who can strive without the ball in his hands as he is shooting 57.1% from three on catch-and-shoot shots as well as 56.5% from the field and 50% from three when he doesn’t dribble the ball before taking a shot.
A potential CP3 trade would be Chris Paul and a future 2nd in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and a future 1st round pick.
For the Thunder, you would be getting off of CP3’s huge contract and both Lee and Hardaway Jr. could be potential trade chips to other contending teams.
For the Mavericks, CP3 gives you a viable 2nd-3rd option. He would give you another player and would be someone who the defense has to account for. Having CP3 will make it easier for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to score and would help the Mavs make the playoffs.
Similar to CP3, Goran would provide the Mavericks with playmaking and become the third option on this team but, the chances of them landing him are slim to none. Goran is having a fantastic bounce-back year after a season that was fiddled with injuries. This season, he is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game on 44.6% from the field and 41.3% from three and has been a vital part of the Miami Heat’s early-season success.
As stated, Goran would provide the Mavericks with another playmaker and his 15.3 points and 5.3 assists per game would rank 3rd and 2nd on the team, respectively. A trade for Goran would only happen if the Heat becomes cold and are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline, which more than likely will not happen. The only reason Goran could potentially be traded is if the Heat does not plan on resigning him this offseason as he will likely have a big market. A potential trade would be Tim Hardaway Jr. and a future 1st round pick in exchange for Goran Dragic.
For the Heat, Hardaway Jr. is younger than Dragic, has more years on his deal, and should be able to nearly replicate what Dragic gives you off the bench. Also, that first-round pick gives you another trade piece to use and acquire more talent.
For the Mavericks, Dragic is an upgrade over what you currently have at the point guard position and can take the ball-handling pressure off of Luka.
Kevin Love has been in multiple trade rumors over the past year and it may be time for the Cavaliers to part ways with him. Kevin Love is having a stellar season so far this year, averaging 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds on 44.6% shooting from the field and 35.7% from three. Kevin’s game would pair great with a ball-dominant player like Luka as on catch-and-shoot shots, Kevin is shooting 40% from the three-point line. Also, when Kevin takes 0 dribbles before a shot, he is shooting 46.9% from the field and 39.4% from three.
A potential Kevin Love trade would be Kevin Love in exchange for Dwight Powell, Justin Jackson, and multiple picks.
For the Cavs, it may be time to move on from Love. He isn’t in the plans for the Cavs and if you have the opportunity to get off of his contract, he should take it. Dwight Powell is old enough to be considered a veteran yet young enough to be a part of the future of your team. Justin Jackson could become something for you and those multiple picks could be used to get more young assets.
For the Mavs, Love could help out the team in a multitude of ways. Love’s rebounding would be a bonus to a team that already excels in that part of basketball as the Mavs are currently ranked 5th in rebounds per game. With Love, the Mavs would more than likely play him at the 4 and Porzingis at the 5. This lineup would be deadly offensive as you would have two frontcourt players who can stretch the floor as well as attack the glass.
Defensively, Porzingis at 7’3 should give problems to opposing centers with his length and added strength. Lastly, Love is a player who knows what it takes to win as he went to 3 straight finals and won a championship in 2016. This knowledge would be vital as the Mavs are a relatively young team.
It seems as if L.A.’s time with the Spurs may be coming to an end soon. LaMarcus has had up and downplay so far this year but is still averaging 18.9 points and 6.6 rebounds on 52.3% shooting from the field and 36.7% from three. With Aldridge now 34 and with his contract up in 2 seasons, it would make sense for the Spurs to move on from him and finally start their rebuild.
A potential LaMarcus trade would be LaMarcus Aldridge to the Mavs in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr., Isaiah Roby, and multiple picks. For the Spurs, this trade will finally allow you to rebuild. Roby is an athletic, versatile forward who the Spurs can develop.
For the Mavs, L.A. could help in ways similar to Kevin Love. Having LaMarcus would give you a great offensive player at Center and allows KP to stay at the Power Forward position. Similar to Kevin Love once again, L.A. would be great off-ball on this team as, on catch-and-shoot shots, he is shooting 50% from the field and 35.7% from three. L.A. is a player who knows how to win as he has made the playoffs in 6 straight seasons.
Blake Griffin would be an amazing addition to the Mavericks and the most likely target for this team. Griffin is having a down season so far, but this is due to him just returning from injury and the poor roster around him. This season, he is averaging 20.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists on 42.4% shooting from the field and 27.8% from three. Griffin was an All-NBA player last season and it is no doubt that his play would improve on a playoff team.
A potential Blake Griffin trade would be Blake Griffin in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr., Dwight Powell, Justin Jackson, and a multitude of first-round picks.
For the Pistons, it is time to rebuild. This trade would be similar to the PG13-Clippers trade in that the Pistons will be getting a young player as well as multiple first-round picks in the future to jumpstart the rebuild. With Reggie Jackson, Langston Galloway, and Andre Drummond all expected to be free agents at the end of this season, this trade makes sense.
For the Mavs, Blake Griffin would be a great fit alongside Kristaps. Griffin is a player who finds his success on-ball and would flourish in an offense alongside 4 shooters. His ball-handling and playmaking at the Power Forward position make him tough to guard and again, would add another playmaker to the team. The biggest concern of Blake is his injury history but, we the depth that the Mavs have, he should be able to sit out games.