The Dallas Mavericks have put together one of the most impressive and promising young cores in the league. Led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, it seems like it's only a matter of time before they start competing for an NBA Championship.
Nevertheless, they're currently on a tough spot. They're too good to tank but not good enough to make it to the Finals yet. That means they're going to be stuck with middle-to-low first-round picks in the Draft while not yet being a prime destination for top-tier free agents.
Thus, Mark Cuban needs to roll the dice and try and make a run this offseason to pair his two young studs with another star. It won't be easy considering the lack of assets they have to offer but we've already seen him work his magic in the past. Today, we're going to let you know about the top 3 realistic and unrealistic targets for the Dallas Mavericks:
We'll get to the realistic targets first. All of these guys may be up for grabs come summertime. So, getting them will depend on how much are the Mavericks going to be willing to give up and whether they're ready to commit on spending a lot of money to keep them on board for the foreseeable future.
Cavaliers receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, 2020 First Round Pick, 2025 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: Kevin Love
People tend to forget how good Kevin Love was in Minnesota. He embraced a lesser role with the Cleveland Cavaliers but he's still the same dominant scorer and rebounder he used to be. Paired with Porzingis, they'd have quite the dynamic frontcourt and a tough one-two punch in the paint.
Love is by no means a rim protector, nor a physical stopper but he knows how to make the most of his length in the defensive end, especially in help defense. The Mavs would get a proven All-Star, while the Cavs would get two first-round picks plus the last year of Tim Hardaway Jr's contract.
Jazz receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, 2020 First Round Pick, 2025 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: Rudy Gobert, 2nd Round pick
Even though they've tried to kill that narrative, everybody feels as if Rudy Gobert's days in Utah are numbered after his rift with Donovan Mitchell. Apparently, Gobert isn't that beloved or respected in the locker room following the aftermath of that infamous incident, plus he's set to be a free agent in 2021.
Obviously, the Mavericks would have to be pretty aggressive to wrap their hands around the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate and top-notch rim protector but the Jazz would be getting plenty of assets in return, so this is a fair deal.
Blazers receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber 2020 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: CJ McCollum
There have been plenty of questions regarding CJ McCollum's ability to coexist next to Damian Lillard. I mean, they clearly get along pretty well and have developed great chemistry in the offensive end but it just feels like they need to surround Dame with a different type of personnel to succeed in the playoffs.
McCollum is one of the best scoring guards in the league and he'd give the Mavericks a huge boost in terms of offense and playmaking. The Blazers could get enough spare parts, picks, and role players to make some moves around Lillard, so this is pretty realistic.
There's also a handful of players the Mavericks would be delighted to acquire in the summer. However, unless something major happens, they're not likely to be able to pull it off. That doesn't mean they won't try, but we just don't see it happening.
Warriors receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, 2020 First Round Pick, 2025 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: Draymond Green, 2nd round pick
Well, Draymond Green is one of the most versatile defenders in NBA history. He's also the kind of outspoken veteran leader that could turn this young team into a tough, competitive squad in the blink of an eye. He'd be everybody's bodyguard, that's for sure.
The Warriors could address the idea of moving Green to clear some cap space for another superstar (cof, Giannis, cof). But even so, it's unlikely that they'll send Draymond to the Mavericks for this kind of offer. We'd love to see it, though.
Wizards receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, 2020 First Round Pick, 2025 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: Bradley Beal, Isaac Bonga
Let's face facts: Bradley Beal is just too good to continue throwing his talents to waste in the nation's capital. He's balling since the start of the season and every single team on earth would be glad to put him out of his misery and trade for him.
Even so, neither he nor the Washington Wizards have shown any kind of desire of even listening to trade offers. He recently extended his contract with the franchise and they have plenty of confidence in their ability to contend once John Wall is back at full strength.
Hawks receive: Tim Hardaway Jr, Justin Jackson, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, 2020 First Round Pick, 2025 First Round Pick
Mavericks receive: John Collins, Brandon Goodwin
Nobody expected John Collins to be that good that fast. In fact, most scouts saw him as a productive role player or Sixth Man of the Year kind of player at best. Now, the Hawks will have plenty of teams lining up to trade for their rising star.
The Hawks could actually listen to reasons and move him in the summer if that meant surrounding Trae Young with proven veterans. That's why they're not likely to trade him away to the Mavericks, who won't have even a top-15 pick to offer them.