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Proposed Blockbuster Sees Mavericks 3 Key Players Trade Star for $206M

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The Dallas Mavericks have had an extremely successful season. After falling short in the first round for two years, Luka Doncic finally broke through and made it to the Western Conference Finals. And now Dallas will hunger for more.

They traded pre-draft for big man Christian Wood and subsequently signed JaVale McGee on a free hand. While Jalen Brunson’s loss to the New York Knicks was quite a blow to the gut, they still have plenty of time to retool before next year.

But what if they decide to plan even further ahead? Instead of trying to give it their all this year, they could instead be gearing up for next off-season to try and pair Doncic with another star. At least, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz thinks they might.

Here is the outline of Swartz’s proposed trade:

Misfits get: Russell Westbrook, 1st round 2027, 1st round 2029

Lakers receive: Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Davis Bertans

Again, the purpose of this trade would not be for the Mavericks to compete in the Finals next season, but to help them prepare for the future.

By trading Hardaway Jr., Bertans and Bullock in one fell swoop, the Mavericks would open up a ton of cap space next season. This would allow them to attempt to pair a star alongside Doncic, Swartz noted.

“The loss of Hardaway, Bertans and Bullock could hurt the Mavs’ chances of contending for a title in 2023, but it also opens up a $45.4 million cap spot next summer, meaning Dallas would have room to sign a top-level free agent to pair with Doncic,” Swartz wrote.

It was also mentioned that despite losing those three key players and Brunson, the Mavericks would still have a solid core around Doncic.

“The Mavs also get a future as trade ammo first, getting a young player in Reaves to fit into the rotation to make up for the loss of Hardaway. A core of Doncic, Wood, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, JaVale McGee, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell is still good and has a far better long-term perspective now,” Swartz said.

Despite not being able to sign Brunson, the Mavericks are still in a bind financially.

Mark Cuban may be one of the richest owners in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean the Mavericks don’t have to stick to the cap. And right now they are in a difficult position. But through this deal, they would be able to fix that sooner rather than later.

“The Mavericks, even after running Jalen Brunson for free this offseason, are $14.6 million over the luxury tax limit. Their bloated cap roster is filled with role players being paid above their true worth, not to mention newly acquired big man Christian Wood, who will need a new contract next summer,” Swartz explained.

The idea of ​​having Westbrook in the lineup alongside Doncic might not seem too appealing, but if the Mavericks really didn’t want to play him, they could always buy him or just bench him. Regardless, his deal would expire at the end of the season. That’s the important factor to consider with this proposal, and the main reason Dallas should consider this deal.

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