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RUMOR: Mavs looking to trump LeBron James, Lakers in trade for highly coveted East big man

Luka Doncic, Mavs, LeBron James

The Dallas Mavericks have emerged as buyers as the February trade deadline draws nearer. Luka Doncic and the Mavs appear to be in the market for a big man, and it looks like they will be looking to overtake the Los Angeles Lakers in the race to acquire a highly coveted Eastern Conference center.

According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, the Mavs have now emerged as the frontrunner for Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, who has also been linked to the Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Charlotte Hornets:

Several competing executives (assuming Turner’s injury isn’t severe) believe the Mavericks are the favorite for Turner with Dwight Powell and one of Dorian Finney-Smith or Jalen Brunson.

It goes without saying that the Mavs will have a ton of competition for the services of Myles Turner, who appears to have been made available by the Pacers. As Pincus says, Dwight Powell could be the centerpiece of the deal for the Mavs. Powell’s current contract will run out at the end of the 2022-23 season, which makes his expiring deal a potentially valuable asset for the Pacers. On the other hand, both Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson are going to be free agents this summer.

Similar to the Mavs, the Lakers are also looking to upgrade their roster ahead of the second half of the season. They too have reportedly turned their attention to Myles Turner, who has established himself as one of the best rim protectors in the game today. This race should further heat up in the coming weeks.

The Pacers are hoping to get a lot for their starting center, and a bidding war would certainly help their cause as they try to retool their roster.