Grade the Trade: Cavaliers add 2 shooters in 3-team deal with Nets, Mavs

Cleveland Cavaliers, Jarrett Allen. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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Does Dallas say yes?

The move to acquire Kyrie Irving demonstrated the Mavericks’ commitment to winning in the present and keeping their superstar Luka Doncic satisfied. Given their aggressive, all-in approach with that acquisition, it seems logical to consider trading a top-10 pick. Assuming the Mavericks re-sign Irving as anticipated, lottery picks are unlikely to contribute significantly in maximizing their championship window with Irving and Doncic.

The Mavericks’ defense already struggled throughout the previous season, and parting ways with their most impactful wing defender did not improve the situation. The playoffs revealed the importance of having a strong defensive presence in the interior, a role that Jarrett Allen has excelled in since entering the league, despite his performance against the Knicks.

In addition to his defensive prowess, Allen has showcased his value in the pick-and-roll game. Having a reliable roll man like him can alleviate pressure on Doncic and Irving as primary ball handlers, thereby adding another dimension to an already formidable offense. While Cedi Osman’s shooting tends to fluctuate, the Mavericks could look to rely on Reggie Bullock and Josh Green to fill the void left by Tim Hardaway Jr., enabling Osman to continue providing a spark off the bench.

Losing a top-10 pick can be challenging, but considering the Mavericks’ win-now mentality (assuming they re-sign Irving), Jarrett Allen significantly improves their chances of contending for a championship next season compared to the potential contribution of a rookie selected at the 10th spot. Therefore, if such a trade is proposed, the Mavericks should seriously consider accepting it.