Mavericks a strong target for the former Lakers star: the sources

As long as Luka Doncic is in action, the Dallas Mavericks have a chance. This was made clear last season when Doncic led the Mavericks to a surprise Western Conference final.

But this summer, the Mavericks harnessed that momentum by landing in anticipation of Christian Wood and Javale McGee. Not what you expected? Worried about Spencer Dinwiddie replacing Jalen Brunson in the Dallas backfield? You are not alone.

Something about this Mavericks team still seems incomplete. Maybe that’s why a Western Conference executive who spoke to The Current insider Sean Deveney believes the Mavs are still trading for former Los Angeles Lakers and current Washington Wizards forward Kyle. Kuzma could do it.

Here is Deveney’s suggested exchange:

Mavericks get: Kyle Kuzma

Wizards get: Dwight Powell, future choice in the first round.

Manager Deveney spoke with whom he explained the logic of a potential exchange between Dallas and Kuzma.

The Mavericks weren’t the only team the Western Conference manager had tied to Kuzma. Along with Dallas, the executive linked the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets with the young striker.

“They have to cut a little salary but obviously they want to do it and at the same time add someone who is young. The bulls are back in position for depth in the market, so there is a chance, even if they don’t even want to mess with the market. luxury tax. But that could be a target for Coby White. Dallas is just trying to get better players down the line. You can take an unprotected vote for him and adjust salaries. Kyle is still quite young (27) and this he has a fascination for a team like Dallas. And in Brooklyn, I don’t think they’re done. They like young people, but let’s face it, time is running out on this team and now they have to win. Cam Thomas or Day’Ron Sharpe, someone like that. it would be a draw for the Wizards, ”the manager said.

The manager’s look at the Mavs makes the Dallas club look a little desperate. But what exactly would Kuzma’s role be in Dallas?

Let’s start with an obvious fact: the addition of Kuzma would make the Mavericks a huge roster. Last season, he was technically a big hit in the underpowered Warriors lineup. But in Dallas, Kuzma would join a starting lineup whose shortest player is said to be 6’5 Tim Hardaway, Jr.

In his first season with the Wizards last season, the young striker was asked for a lot more. As a result, his numbers plummeted. Of course, the transition from one lineup with LeBron James and Anthony Davis to one with Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura came naturally with growing pains.

Kuzma has excellent catch and shoot skills and made 36% of three capture and shoot points last season. He could be a nice loaf around veteran director Doncic and serve as an outlet for the Slovenian superstar.

While Kuzma may be playing somewhere, as evidenced by his role in Washington last season, the Mavs currently have a block on the position, with Wood and McGee expected to enter those roles. Ditto for the powerful striker, with Wood and Dorian Finney-Smith sharing those minutes.

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