Mavericks Eyeing Suns’ Deandre Ayton As Future Trade Target?

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The Dallas Mavericks are a team that is looking to make some moves ahead of the 2023 NBA trade deadline. They are right in the thick of the playoff race in the congested Western Conference, and making an upgrade to the roster could be the difference between staying out of the Play-In Tournament or missing the postseason altogether.

Dallas has been linked to a wide range of players, as they need to address their depth in the backcourt. The Mavericks could really use another ball-handler that can run the team behind Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie.

Wings have also been linked to the Mavericks as they could look to upgrade at the forward positions. Dorian Finney-Smith has been mentioned as a potential trade chip should the Mavericks look to make a splash ahead of the deadline.

The team spent a lot of assets to make moves in the frontcourt this past offseason, but those moves haven’t panned out. Also, their long-term outlook is murky with Christian Wood set to become a free agent. Could the Mavericks already have a plan in place for the future?

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ESPN’s Tim MacMahon recently made an appearance on The Lowe Post podcast and discussed some future moves for the Mavericks. He believes Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton is someone to keep an eye on down the road.

“He’s a name that I’ve heard around the Mavericks. And again, I think that would have to be a later than right now type of situation.”

Dallas signed JaVale McGee to a three-year deal early in free agency but he certainly isn’t a long-term answer in the middle for the franchise. They were also linked to Myles Turner at points, but he agreed to an extension with the Indiana Pacers, finally putting to rest the trade rumors that have surrounded him for years.

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After advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2022, the Mavericks, as currently constructed, don’t look to be as dangerous of a team. While it is nice to see that the Mavericks seem to have a plan in place for the future, that doesn’t help them in their current state. 

They have a star in Doncic and need to maximize that. If there was ever a season to go all-in because of how wide open the playoff picture is, this is the year to do it.