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NBA Rumors: 5 Best Targets For The Dallas Mavericks Right Now

NBA Rumors: 5 Best Targets For The Dallas Mavericks Right Now

The Dallas Mavericks are a one-man team at times thanks to the brilliance of Luka Doncic. The Slovenian superstar is averaging 25.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, and 8.5 APG for his team through 18 games and has placed Dallas in playoff seeding yet again. That means there is a ton of pressure on Luka to perform at a high level because without his superstar contributions in every facet of the game, the Mavericks are a little thin on the roster.

Kristaps Porzingis was an All-Star 4 seasons ago, but he has not been able to replicate his form following his ACL injury. The big man has been solid this year by putting up 19.7 PPG and 8.0 RPG, but he is not convincing anyone that he has the ability to make the Mavericks better in the big games. Quite frankly, Porzingis is not a solid second option for a title contender.

Dallas need to find another contributor for their team to help Luka Doncic on offense while giving Porzingis a player he can rely on when he isn’t playing well. The Mavericks are very fortunate to have a 22-year old superstar in their hands, so they need to maximize the talent on the roster to help Luka lead them to the promised land. Without further ado, here are the 5 best targets for the Dallas Mavericks.

5. Mitchell Robinson

Mitchell Robinson

Trade Package: Maxi Kleber, Moses Brown, 2025 Second-Round Pick (Top-48 Protected) for Mitchell Robinson

The Knicks big man has not taken a massive step up in his game yet because of the incredible performances by Julius Randle. The All-Star big man is often given the green light on offense, which means a center who is restricted to the post is not always the right option at times. Despite that, Robinson is averaging 6.9 PPG and 7.7 RPG while blocking 1.7 BPG.

Dallas already have a massive center in Kristaps Porzingis in the post, but Robinson would immediately improve the Mavericks side as a backup big or a starter who can block shots and rebound alongside Kristaps. The Mavericks could certainly use an active center because anyone helps when pushing for a playoff seeding.

4. Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic

Trade Package: Buyout

Of course, Goran Dragic would be a perfect fit for the Dallas Mavericks because he is a national teammate of Luka Doncic. Dragic is certainly older at 35 years old, but the former All-Star is still capable of running an offense and making smart plays on the court.

The Slovenian is only averaging 8.0 PPG this season with the Toronto Raptors and is currently sidelined with a personal issue. Quite frankly, Dragic does not want to be in Toronto and is a perfect target for the Mavericks if he is bought out by the Raptors.

3. Christian Wood

christian wood

Trade Package: Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, a future First-Round pick for Christian Wood

The Houston Rockets star is having another solid season this year, putting up 16.5 PPG and 11.1 RPG while blocking 1.1 shots per game. Wood does not need the ball every time on the court to be an effective player, because he has length and activity on the boards.

On defense, Wood is capable of being a solid team defender and can also block shots with his length. The Rockets, despite their 6- game winning streak, are not making the playoffs this year and could capitalize on a Wood trade for maximum value on the 26-year-old.

2. Buddy Hield

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Credit: Getty Images

Trade Package: Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney Smith, a future First-Round pick for Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield is always in trade rumors because he is one of the best three-point shooters in the league. The Sacramento Kings shooting guard is averaging 15.9 PPG and 4.3 RPG on 36.4% shooting from three which are solid numbers in today's game. The Kings clearly want to move on from Hield to generate maximum value, something Dallas can offer.

Hield would be a blessing for Dallas because he would be a legitimate third option for the team and would become their best shooter by a mile. Luka creates offense just by handling the ball, so having a spot up master would make the Mavericks very formidable under head coach Jason Kidd.

1. Jerami Grant

Credit: USA Today

Credit: USA Today

Trade Package: Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, a future First-Round pick for Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant is a player almost every team would love to have, because he has always been a solid defender but has improved his offensive game tremendously. The forward is putting up 20.1 PPG and 4.8 RPG for the Pistons, great numbers for a veteran two-way player.

Even if Grant is not an All-Star, he would make the Mavericks a solid team on both ends of the floor because he can nail outside shots, run the floor, and defend 4 positions well. The Mavericks need a guy they can trust to be consistent, something Grant brings at an above-average level. It won’t be cheap to acquire him, but Dallas should do anything it takes to help Luka Doncic on the court. 


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