The Dallas Mavericks have a budding star in Luka Doncic, who is expected to be selected in the 2019 NBA draft. The Mavs reached a deal with DeAndre Jordan and are said to be looking to bring back DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Lowry, among others.
The Dallas Mavericks have been a fixture in the NBA since 1980, but they haven’t won a title since the team’s formation. However, after acquiring Luka Doncic, the Mavericks might finally be able to win a championship. The former 19-year-old Dallas Elite, Real Madrid, and Euroleague MVP is a top-five pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and he could develop into the best player in franchise history. The Mavs can’t wait to see Doncic in action, but will he be a part of a “Raptors reunion” in Dallas?After another playoff loss in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks are facing reorganization. Superstar defenseman Luka Doncic can’t do it all alone, and after a disappointing postseason, the Mavericks are the subject of trade rumors. One of those trade rumors points to a meeting with the Raptors in Dallas: Former Toronto teammates DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are expected to join Doncic on a new Mavericks team. The question is whether this is possible, and to what extent it will improve the Mavericks’ roster for the 2021-22 season.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were teammates for six seasons with the Toronto Raptors
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images The Toronto Raptors selected DeRozan from UCLA with the 9th pick. The first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. Lowry was chosen by the Memphis Grizzlies as the 24th overall pick. chosen in the 2006 draft. In the offseason prior to the 2012-14 season, the Raptors traded Lowry. The Houston Rockets defenseman was traded to Toronto in exchange for Gary Forbes and a protected first-round pick, according to ESPN. North of the border, DeRozan and Lowry were a formidable duo. Since their second season together, they have led the organization to five consecutive playoff appearances. In the 2015-16 season, they reached the Eastern Conference Finals and lost in six games to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the 2018 offseason, the Raptors traded DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan has flourished statistically, averaging more points (21.6), assists (6.2) and rebounds (5.3) than Toronto. However, the Raptors got the better of the deal because Kawhi Leonard, who now plays with Lowry, won the 2019 NBA championship.
DeRozan and Lowry are NBA free agents in 2021 and the Mavericks can contract them both
For those interested in what’s next, here’s a player-by-player overview of the NBA free-agent market. https://t.co/RbuuNM65SA – Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 10, 2021 As the Dallas Mavericks try to build another supporting cast around Doncic after another loss against the Clippers, there are several other options. In a recent episode of SI’sThe Mavs Step Back podcast,Upgrading The Mavericks, the hosts suggested a Raptors reunion in Dallas. This is possible because both DeRozan and Lowry are available as free agents this season. Is it financially possible for the Mavs to contract both players? With a little maneuvering, the answer is yes. The Mavs currently have $90.9 million in salary, giving the team $9.6 million in usable cap space before the season begins, according to Spotrac. If the team drops Willie Colley-Stein’s $4.1 million option and Josh Richardson’s $11.6 million option, that would free up $21.3 million for DeMar DeRozan, who can win the free-agent battle with a contract worth about $27.7 million from last season. Getting Lowry back from Toronto and getting DeRozan back might be a little more difficult, but still feasible. Villanova’s former point guard earned $30 last year, so the Mavs will have to make a deal with the Raptors to get him. After the Mavs (hypothetically) contract DeRozan, they could re-contract Tim Hardaway Jr. for $28 million if they wanted to, since they could go over the limit as owners of Hardaway Jr. That would give them two different players making enough at $30 million to match Lowry’s salary in a sign-and-trade deal – Hardaway Jr. and the hapless Kristaps Porzingis. Lowry would probably have to tell Toronto he wants to move to Dallas before they would accept any of these offers, but if the Hardaway Jr/Porzingis option or nothing, the Raptors would probably take a deal.
How will DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry fare against Luka Doncic?
There are a few things Dallas needs to address with the trade to improve Doncic’s supporting cast. They need to find a reliable second scorer, take the ball out of Doncic’s hands – where it is now on almost every possession – and find a star (or two) who can be on Doncic’s level without competing for his attention like Porzingis is trying to do now. When the whistle blows, DeRozan and Lowry are perfect for the Mavericks. DeRozan is a scorer averaging 20 points per game who can be a dangerous second option when Doncic is on the court and leads the offense when he’s on the bench. That’s a tough junior for a rich guy. Lowry can share ball handling with Doncic to spare the two-metre Slovenian’s body. He can also be a tenacious defender to compensate for Doncic’s shortcomings, and he can take off when he’s not on the ball. In 2020-21, Lowry shot a near-career-best 39.6 percent from 3-point range, surpassing only his 2016-17 season with 41.2 percent and 2017-19 with 39.9 percent. DeRozan and Lowry are already established NBA stars. They have enough credibility to be respected by Doncic, but are famous and old enough that they can’t compete with the brilliance of a 22-year-old. The best case scenario for the former Raptors and Doncic would be if the Mavericks could get rid of Porzingis. The two European stars reportedly don’t get along, and the elimination of the smaller of the two stars could be a big boost to the team’s chemistry. All statistics taken from Basketball ReferenceandContract data taken from spotrac COMPARED TO: Even Luka Dončić is tired of complaining about referees
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