Mavs’ trade deadline plans amid Andre Drummond talks
Contrary to what most pundits say, Rick Carlisle does not believe that the Dallas Mavericks should move heaven and earth to try and acquire Andre Drummond before the trade deadline next month. There have been multiple reports that the Mavs are one of the frontrunners to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers center to address their glaring issues upfront.
Carlisle believes it’s not a huge cause for concern for his team at the moment, but added that the Dallas front office will likely be aggressive in trying to woo the two-time All-Star center to the Mavs, per Callie Caplan of Dallas News.
On @1053thefan just now, Rick Carlisle said he doesn't see a big man/rebounder as a pressing trade-deadline pursuit, but "You know Mark and Donnie. These guys are gunslingers. They're riverboat gamblers, and they're ready to talk about anything that would get the team better."
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) February 19, 2021
A big 3 of Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Andre Drummond definitely sounds promising for a struggling Dallas team looking to break into the top 8 in the Western Conference.
However, acquiring Drummond would be tricky, considering they’ll have to clear space for the remaining $28 million on his expiring contract. The Mavs will likely have to give up some key players from their roster to make the salaries match in a possible trade.
Dallas’ best-bet is a possible buy-out from the Cavs. Then again, they’ll also have to outbid other contenders looking to bring in the 27-year-old behemoth.
The Mavericks’ weak interior has indeed been their Achilles heel over the past few seasons. Although Rick Carlisle won’t admit it, it’s actually what’s holding them back, especially in the 2020-21 campaign.
As terrific as Kristaps Porzingis has been on both sides of the floor, he’ll be more effective playing alongside a true center willing to do the dirty work down low. Drummond just fits that bill to a tee.