The Dallas Mavericks are without question a team to keep an eye on with the trade deadline continuing to draw closer. They would like to make a sizable trade and the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a trade partner. Kevin Love and Andre Drummond are two names to keep an eye on.
According to a report from Cleveland.com, the Mavericks may value a trade for Love more than a trade for Drummond.
A source with knowledge of the Mavericks’ thinking suggested Kevin Love as a much better fit given the team’s 3-point woes and desire to surround MVP candidate Luka Doncic with shooters. Love would also help boost Dallas’ problematic defensive rebounding metrics. Still, the Mavericks have two appealing expiring contracts — Tim Hardaway Jr. ($18 million) and James Johnson ($16 million) — that would help facilitate a deal.
Love would be a very intriguing fit for the Mavericks. He would slide in nicely alongside Kristaps Porzingis. Drummond, on the other hand, could be a bit of a fit issue in the front-court, as he cannot shoot the ball.
There are some concerns about Love from a health perspective. He has only played in two games so far this season due to injury and hasn’t played since December 27th. That could impact trade talks, although some believe that Love isn’t rushing to return to a rebuilding Cavaliers team.
Last season with the Cavaliers in 56 games, Love averaged 17.6 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He shot 45 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 37.4 percent from the three-point line.
It will be interesting to see what the Mavericks end up doing at the trade deadline. Luka Doncic needs more help if Dallas wants to win the Western Conference. Kevin Love would certainly be a good pickup if he’s healthy, although Andre Drummond could help a lot as well.
Expect to continue hearing a lot of rumors surrounding the Mavericks. Love and Drummond are two potential options and either one would take Dallas to the next level, assuming they’re healthy.