This trade features two NBA teams who are looking to compete in their conferences. The Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers are two postseason teams with certain flaws. That is what could be solved if they got together to make a splash.
For the Mavericks, they are looking to take the next step in a very difficult Western Conference. They have one of the top players in the game in Luka Doncic. He has emerged as one of the favorites to win NBA MVP this season.
When healthy, Kristaps Porzingis joins Luka Doncic on the floor to give Dallas a dynamic duo. Rumors have been thrown around about the Mavericks being interested in adding another star to their lineup. They could go in a few different directions and one is a trade with the Pacers.
The Pacers have been mentioned in NBA trade rumors mainly featuring Victor Oladipo. He has battled with injuries and is in the final year of his contract. This has made the team thinking about sending him away. As of now, nothing has happened. That could change if the Pacers want to move Myles Turner.
They have an NBA All-Star caliber big man in Domantas Sabonis. Meanwhile, Turner has taken a step forward defensively and is elite on that end. The return for a big man like Turner, on a team-friendly contract, could be substantial.
If these two sides feel the need to shake things up early on, this is a trade that would work well for both sides.