Option 1: Mavericks receive Zach Collins in exchange for a first-round pick in 2024, with Davis Bertans returning to San Antonio.
Listen, I am a fan of Collins. The guy can ball, and it is admirable what he has accomplished in terms of overcoming and returning from serious injuries. He has proved thus far during the Spurs season that he is valuable and can produce at a high level. Collins knows his role, and with a basketball IQ as high as his, he fits into virtually any system of any team in the league, especially the Mavericks.
Collins would be a fantastic compliment to Christian Wood, one of Dallas’s key players aside from the great Luka. As far as Bertans is concerned, everyone in San Antonio loves him. And if we are being honest, love is all you need. At least, it is during a rebuild.
Option 2: Mavericks receive Doug McDermott in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie
Doug McBuckets still has the juice. I was skeptical until I saw McDermott play live the other night. As I sat five rows from the court, I watched number 17 jaw back and forth with Damian Lillard, one of the top five players in the NBA.
Doug did not back down. He held his own with an Elite NBA player showcasing tenacious defense and his long-range three-point ability. Portland is a threat to Dallas in the West, and McDermott plays them tougher than anyone else available for Dallas to potentially pick up. The Mavs might be hesitant to part ways with Dinwiddie, but this deal would allow the Mavs to surround Luka with elite catch-and-shoot threats who can play more off-ball. The Spurs get a reliable starting point guard and relegate Tre Jones to the bench.