At the conclusion of their 2019-20 campaign, the Dallas Mavericks looked like a team on the rise. With young stud Luka Doncic already looking like a generational talent and his co-star Kristaps Porzingis looking like a worthy partner, there isn’t any indication this team is headed anywhere but up.
Still, according to team president Donnie Nelson, they will stop at nothing to ensure they make the roster even better in the upcoming offseason.
(via Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News)
And according to multiple league sources, no one is churning harder than Mavericks president and general manager Donnie Nelson, who has made it clear to peers league-wide that:
Dallas wants to acquire a third star to augment the pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and if that takes adding other teams’ unwanted salaries so be it.
All — repeat all — Mavericks players not named Doncic or Porzingis are available.
With a trade likely to come in the next few months for the Mavericks, let’s take a look at one scenario that could see them pair their two young stars with another talented pair from San Antonio: DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge.
As the Spurs contemplate a rebuild, the likelihood of a trade involving one or both of the veterans seems high, especially considering the reports that DeMar is unhappy with his current situation. Additionally, both DeMar and LaMarcus have just one year remaining on their current deals, with the former having a player-option attached that could see him become a free agent as early as this offseason.