NBA Rumors: Mavericks Could Acquire Nikola Vucevic For 3 Players And Three Draft Selects
Despite having the young super star duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Dallas Mavericks are having a hard time to regularly win games in the 2020-21 NBA season. Though they are still considered as a legitimate playoff competitor in the packed Western Conference, they must extremely focus on surrounding Doncic and Porzingis with more star power in order to have a realistic chance of reaching the NBA Finals and recording the Larry O’Brien Trophy. In the past months, they have already been connected to numerous huge names who are rumored to be offered on the trading block, including veteran center Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.
In a recent article, Brett Siegel of NBA Analysis Network included Dallas on his list of potential landing spots for Vucevic should the Magic choose to move him prior to the 2021 trade deadline. According to Siegel, the Mavericks could get Vucevic from the Magic by sending them a package that consists of Dwight Powell, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, a 2022 first-round, a 2026 first-round choice, and a 2022 second-round pick. Bringing Vucevic to Dallas may appear pricey, but Siegel thinks that it would deserve it for the Mavericks.
” The Dallas Mavericks need that 3rd, dependable, All-Star level talent to be real title competitors in a loaded Western Conference, which is why trading for Nikola Vucevic makes a great deal of sense. Combining him with Kristaps in the frontcourt not just provides the Mavericks among the very best frontcourts in the entire NBA, but one of the best trios in the league as well. On any offered night, all 3 of these men might score 20-30+ points and given both of the All-Star huge guys’s abilities to rebound, the Mavericks would be one of the very best rebounding groups in the league.”
Vucevic would unquestionably be an appealing addition to Dallas, providing an All-Star caliber big man who is capable of efficiently knocking down shots from beyond the arc. He would be an upgrade over Willie Cauley-Stein and Boban Marjanovic at the center position. Aside from being a legitimate floor-spacer, he would also provide them a very trustworthy scoring option under the basket, an amazing rebounder, and facilitator.
This season, the 30-year-old center is averaging 23.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 takes while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN. The possible arrival of Vucevic in Dallas wouldn’t make them an instantaneous preferred to win the 2021 NBA championship title, however if he meshes well with Doncic and Porzingis, the Mavericks would have a much better possibility of defeating Western Conference powerhouse groups like the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in a best-of-seven series.