Dallas Mavericks Rumors: 3 Big-Name Trade Targets In View

The Dallas Mavericks managed to keep their No. 10 pick in this year's draft, courtesy of some late-season tanking (and a $750,000 fine). Now, they need to turn around and use it in a trade package to bring in some star help for Luka Doncic. 

That's the word from several Mavs insiders, who have talked about trade targets including the following three big names who could be available this summer:

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

The big man often seems disgruntled in Phoenix, feeling disrespected that the Suns wouldn't give him the big contract last summer he was looking for until he signed an offer sheet from the Indiana Pacers for 4-years, $133M and the Suns matched it. 

He came into camp grumpy, and went out on a low note with Phoenix. There were even grumblings that his act was getting tired in the Suns locker room. 

Perhaps a fresh start with the Mavs, playing with Doncic (both players are also represented by the same agency), could revive Ayton's joy for playing. And Dallas has been desperate for a scoring, rebounding center like that for some time. 

OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors

The small forward is one of the top two-way players in the league, earning a spot on the NBA's second-team All-Defensive team this season, while leading the NBA in both steals per game with 1.9 and total steals with 128. 

Mavericks GM Nico Harrison said this month that defense and rebounding are two of the key factors the team will address this offseason. The aforementioned Ayton addresses the board work, while Anunoby would give them a huge upgrade on the defensive side of the ball, while still providing solid offense. 

The Raptors are looking at a possible re-load this summer, and adding the 10th pick along with some other rotation asset could get them to the table. 

Zack LaVine, Chicago Bulls

The Mavs have been linked to LaVine in the past, and if the Bulls ultimately decide to tear things down and go for a rebuild, perhaps they listen to offers on the prolific scorer LaVine. The Bulls don't have a first-round pick in this year's draft, so getting into the mix with the No. 10 could open the door to some talks. 

However, if Kyrie Irving re-signs, adding another all-offense, no-defense player, despite his 25 points per game, wouldn't make a lot of sense. 

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