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Proposed blockbuster deal sees Mavericks country 25-year-old star

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The Dallas Mavericks are ready for the next season after a tumultuous summer. Losing Jalen Brunson was a tough blow, but they managed to add Christian Wood and JaVale McGee, two players who should be able to make a big impact.

What the team is missing, however, is a second star alongside Luka Doncic. They tried setting him up with a co-star when they traded for Kristaps Porzingis a few years back, but that obviously didn’t work out so they must still be in the hunt.

One player they could potentially target is Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown. If he wants to leave Boston before his next contract, Robert could pick up the phone and inquire about a trade. According to Sports Illustrated’s Dalton Trigg, they could offer Boston a solid package of players and picks.

Here is the outline of the proposed trade:

Misfits get: Brown

Celtics received: Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Josh Green, Jaden Hardy, 2025 first-round pick, 2027 first-round pick, 2029 first-round pick, 2026 and 2028 pick changes

Obviously, the Mavericks would be giving up solid depth and a ton of first-round picks, but it would be worth it for Brown, who would be a wonderful match for Doncic.

This isn’t the first time Brown has been linked with the Mavericks either.

In late August,’s Sean Deveney spoke to NBA executives about teams potentially looking to steal Brown from the Celtics as free agency in 2024. An Eastern Conference executive said Dallas could try to target him when his contract expires.

“At some point they have to stop hitting doubles and go for the home run if they want a guy to pair with Luka,” the manager said. “They don’t have a lot of money to work with, they just don’t have that. So it’s going to be very difficult to trade for someone, but they might be able to do themselves a favor in the free hand if they’re patient and can convince Luka to be patient. 2023 is not busy so 2024 is their best bet and Brown will be the best there. There are other guys – (Pascal) Siakam, (Khris) Middleton – so you have some backup plans. But at some point you have to try to get that star.”

Deveney also noted another connection Brown has with the Mavericks.

Aside from the obvious draw to play with Doncic, Deveney mentioned the connection between Brown and Dallas head coach Jason Kidd.

“The Mavericks are currently only committed about $85 million for 2024-25, which gives them ample room to max out a deal run at Brown,” Deveney wrote. “Dallas could attract interest if it retains fellow Cal Bear Jason Kidd as coach and if star guard Luka Doncic develops individually while the team remains a contender without a true No. 2 star on board.”

If Brown was ever available on the trade market, the Mavericks should definitely be there to make a few phone calls.

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