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RUMOR: Mavs eyeing trade for All-Star guard to team up with Luka Doncic

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Luka Doncic has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Dallas Mavericks through three seasons. But every Mavs fan knows that he needs more help if they want to advance further in the NBA playoffs. Could they swing a move this offseason?

That’s exactly what the rumors indicate, as the Mavs are reportedly eyeing first time All-Star Mike Conley Jr. from the Utah Jazz. But in order to do that, they’d need to trade significant salary away to create the cap space.

Via Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:

The Mavericks are also considered to be a possible landing spot for Jazz guard Mike Conley, although there’s a strong belief around the league that Utah will be successful in its attempts to shed salary and offer Conley a substantial deal.

Conley would be a solid veteran to pair next to Doncic as a steadying presence beside the dynamic young superstar. We saw just how valuable he was next to Donovan Mitchell last season. Perhaps he could help trigger a similarly successful jump for the Mavs and their own franchise player. For them to make it happen, they’ll need to find ways to maneuver other pieces around Doncic.

Dallas has actively explored trade scenarios involving Josh Richardson, sources said, in the event the swingman opts in to his 2021-22 player option. The Mavericks must make their own efforts to clear salary space for a planned spurge in free agency that still appears to prioritize retaining Tim Hardaway Jr. in addition to Dallas’ other pursuits.

Safe to say the Mavs are in for a busy offseason.