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NBA Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Could Get Andre Drummond For Maxi Kleber, Delon Wright, Dwight Powell, And A Pick

Credit: USA Sports Today

Credit: USA Sports Today

The Dallas Mavericks put together a strong foundation for their future with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and it's pretty clear that they're special already and that they have what it takes to lead them to multiple playoffs runs in the future.

However, it's also clear that the Mavericks must add another star to their core if they want to compete at the highest level in the stacked Western Conference. Moreover, they need an interior presence and some defense that could take some pressure off of their scorers' shoulders.

That's why Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report suggested that the Mavericks trade for Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond, saying they could get him in return for Maxi Kleber, Delon Wright, Dwight Powell, and the 31st overall pick:

"Getting Drummond is a two-part plan for the Mavericks, one that helps them be competitive in 2020-21 and opens up cap space for a run at Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency. With Powell still recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in late January, the Mavs could use Drummond as their starting center alongside Kristaps Porzingis. As a two-time All-Star and the NBA's best rebounder again this past season (15.2 boards, 26.0 total rebound percentage), Drummond would give Luka Doncic another big body to use as a screener and lob target," Swartz said.

The report added that Drummond could help them right away in a deep playoff run, while they'd also get enough cap flexibility to try and sign Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021, as they're expected to be one of the leading candidates to lure him away from Milwaukee:

"While his presence could help Dallas make a deep playoff run, his expiring $28.8 million contract may actually be more valuable. If the Mavericks want to open up space for Antetokounmpo in 2021, this deal gives them an extra $28.4 million to do so by trading the contracts of Powell, Kleber and Wright. Dallas would then have roughly $55.9 million in committed salary going into 2021-22, giving the Mavs more than enough cap space to try to sign the two-time MVP," the report concluded.

The Cavaliers have no use for Drummond right now as they're a rebuilding team, while he's pretty much in his physical prime. He'd be better off playing for a playoff team, and he'd anchor their defense and allow Kristaps Porzingis to play in the perimeter, where he does the most of his damage.

Assuming they all stay healthy, a Big 3 of Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Andre Drummond could certainly make a splash for many years to come, while the Cavaliers would get enough assets to continue their rebuilding process. It's a win-win situation.