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How Dallas Could Potentially Form A Super Team By The 2023-24 NBA Season


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Lakers

Lakers

+3 players ($46.7m),
Cap Impact - $381K
  • Davis Bertans
    Davis Bertans
    PF, 6' 10", -0.59 LEBRON
    Off Screen Shooter

    $16.0M

    3yrs

    7
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SG, 6' 5", -0.25 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $19.6M

    3yrs

    7
  • Dwight Powell
    Dwight Powell
    C, 6' 10", 0.19 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $11.0M

    1yr

    7

+3  Wins

+31.63  MPG

-0.38  Off.

+0.74  Def.

Mavericks

Mavericks

+1 player ($47.1m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $381K
  • Russell Westbrook

    PO

    Russell Westbrook
    PG, 6' 3", -1 LEBRON
    Player Option | Shot Creator

    $47.0M

    1yr

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1

    Top 10 Protected
    14

-3  Wins

-31.63  MPG

+0.38  Off.

-0.74  Def.

Comment Opinions Please. Is This Fair? Please Read The Full Description As There’s A Complete Analysis Of What The Mavericks Do After This Game Changing Move.

Trade Breakdown

DAL: Russell Westbrook, & 2027 Top 10 Protected 1st Through 2029[Else 2029 2nd]

LAL: Tim Hardaway Jr, Davis Bertans, & Dwight Powell

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Why Dallas Does This?

In order to create the best possible team around their superstar in Luka Doncic after this upcoming season. Let’s be real, the western conference is extremely tough & the chances of the Mavericks reaching the finals is slim to none. Teams like the Warriors, Nuggets, Grizzlies, Suns, Clippers, Timberwolves, Lakers, & Pelicans are all in solid positions for a potential deep playoff run. So it would be smart for Mark Cuban & Dallas to think about what they can try to accomplish long term with Luka instead of just next season. Flipping THJ’s & Bertans’ long term contracts along with Powell for a huge expiring contract makes a lot of sense. Doing this deal means the Mavericks will have about $25M in positive cap space next season, including the widely expected salary cap increase to $133M, & all their 1sts plus one more to go after a star player. This move for Dallas can be described as “taking a step backwards to go many forward”. The Mavericks here get worse with this trade & still keep themselves in position for a potential Top 6 seed in the west, simply due to Luka’s amazing talent, but put themselves in position to become the best team in the league going forward.

Next Moves To Make

• Sign Paul Millsap

Mavericks Ideal Starting Lineup:

Doncic, Dinwiddie, Bullock, DFS, & McGee

Backup Five:

Westbrook, Hardy, Green, Wood, & Kleber

Rest Of Bench:

Ntilikina, Pinson, Hall, Gueye, & Millsap

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What To Do Next For Dallas, Specifically During The 2023-24 NBA Offseason

Projected Cap Space: ~ $25M

1. Sign Myles Turner

Why?: He’s the perfect modern day center that almost all teams are looking for these days. Turner is an elite rim protector, great screener, nice pick & roll partner, & has the ability to space the floor for his teammates quite well.

2. Trade Spencer Dinwiddie, Josh Green, Reggie Bullock, 2024 1st, 2026 1st, 2027 LAL 1st, 2028 1st, & 2030 1st To Boston For Jaylen Brown

Why?: For some reason, I have a feeling that Jaylen Brown will be on the trade market next offseason, especially if Boston falls short in the postseason, which can definitely happen. And if he’s available, Dallas needs to do everything they can to acquire him. Brown would be an absolutely perfect fit at the two next to Doncic. He’s an excellent secondary option & could easily carry the team when Doncic is either on the bench or maybe hurt with an injury.

3. Resign Christian Wood Using The Full MLE

Why? The Mavericks gave up a 1st for him & in my opinion Wood is a flawless fit next to the newly acquired Myles Turner due to his length & ability to nail shots from deep.

Mavericks Ideal Starting Lineup:

Doncic, Brown, Finney-Smith, Wood, & Turner

Bench:

Hardy, Kleber, & McGee Plus Veterans On The Minimum. Maybe even bring back Westbrook as a backup point guard if he plays well enough.

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Why Los Angeles Does This?

This trade gives the Lakers two adequate starters in Hardaway Jr & Powell who would fit nicely along with a sharpshooter to come off the bench in Bertans. THJ would in my opinion be a great choice at the two between Beverley & James due to his ability knock down open threes & create opportunities for himself offensively. He’s a great off ball player & knows where to be when playing with a star player. Then the addition of Dwight Powell gives Los Angeles a strong three man rotation at the center position. Powell is a mobile big man who excels as a screener in the pick & roll game along with catching lobs. He’s actually a decent switchable defender due to his quick feet & always plays hard on both sides of the court. Lastly, you’ve got Davis Bertans. Not much to say about him other than the fact that he can come in go on a hot streak from beyond the arc. He’ll definitely be in the rotation during the regular season & hit his 2-3 shots from deep, but it’s unlikely that he’d see considerable minutes in the playoffs as a minus defender.

Lakers Ideal Starting Lineup:

Beverley, Hardaway Jr, James, Davis, & Powell

Backup Five:

Nunn, Reaves, Walker IV, Bertans, & Jones

Rest Of Bench:

Christie, JTA, Brown Jr, Gabriel, & Bryant

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