5 teams who should pursue a trade for Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
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Dallas Mavericks

What a difference a year makes, huh? The Dallas Mavericks captivated the NBA community when they went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Clippers during the playoffs in the bubble last season. But after falling to the Clippers again in the first round of this season, a lot has changed in Dallas, and there are more changes to come.

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To kick things off, Donnie Nelson stepped down from his executive role on the Mavericks. Rick Carlisle would join him in leaving the organization, marking the end of an era in which they spent 13 seasons together in Dallas. While Luka Doncic remains on the roster, every move the team makes moving forward could affect how Doncic handles his future with the franchise.

A good way to make Doncic happy is to make a splash move to acquire a talented player like Ingram. With Kristaps Porzingis not panning out as a No. 2 option to Doncic, the Mavericks could desperately use someone that can handle the ball, taking pressure off of Doncic.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Doncic is going to see his usage decline tremendously. But being able to add a forward like Ingram that can provide Dallas a versatile wing to a team that is in need of more firepower could be enough to begin creating a contending roster in the Western Conference.