One of Dallas’ biggest weaknesses heading into the season is their lack of a ballhandler and playmaker outside of Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie. They tried to fill that void with Facundo Campazzo and Kemba Walker but neither signing worked out. Their best bet at adding that additional guard will be in the trade market. VanVleet may be a bit undersized for the Mavericks’ liking but he’s more than good enough defensively to make up for it. His ability to create his own shot and hit threes off the dribble would be huge for Dallas’ offense.
Like the Suns, the Mavericks would also need to send out $16.9 million to match salaries for VanVleet. Some packages that work include Tim Hardaway Jr. by himself, Davis Bertans and a small salary like Josh Green or JaVale McGee, or two medium-sized salaries like Dwight Powell and Reggie Bullock. The question is if the Mavericks are willing to trade enough draft compensation for him. They can only trade two first-round picks this season and may prefer to hold onto them since they’d be able to trade up to four this summer. By then, another All-Star could become available to them.