The Dallas Mavericks are one of the betting favorites to land a seven-time All-Star this summer.
According to the latest odds from Sportsbetting.ag, the Mavericks have the eighth-best odds (+1400) to acquire Portland Trail Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard this offseason.
- Miami Heat +200
- Brooklyn Nets +300
- New York Knicks +300
- Boston Celtics +400
- San Antonio Spurs +900
- Los Angeles Lakers +1200
- Los Angeles Clippers +1400
- Dallas Mavericks +1400
- Atlanta Hawks +1600
- Chicago Bulls +1800
- Memphis Grizzlies +2000
Lillard signed a two-year, $121.8 million extension with the Blazers in July 2019. The Weber State product caused quite the stir this week when he said he would want to get traded to the Heat or Nets if the Blazers decided to move him.
Dame also said he wants the Blazers to use the assets the franchise has at its disposal to make win-now moves.
Kyrie Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Mavericks and Irving have mutual interest in getting a deal done this offseason, sources told Heavy Sports.
However, if Lillard makes it known either publicly or privately that he would be interested in playing for the Mavericks, Dallas may have to figure out a way to acquire the future Hall of Famer since he’s less of a polarizing player than Irving.
Lillard averaged 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season for the Blazers, while Irving put up 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game with the Nets and Mavericks. Lillard also didn’t tweet a link to an antisemitic video as Irving did.
LeBron James Will Not Play for the Mavericks Next Season
“LeBron’s not going to Dallas,” one source told Reiter. “That doesn’t even make sense. This is about Kyrie telling (Lakers general manager) Rob (Pelinka) that he’s not taking a discount. And about LeBron trying to create some leverage.”
James signed a two-year extension with the Lakers last summer. The four-time Finals MVP has a player option for the 2024-25 season.
If James doesn’t retire from the NBA this summer, he will be back with the Lakers next season. His oldest son, Bronny, is playing college basketball at USC and his wife and two other kids love living in Los Angeles, sources told Heavy Sports.
NBA Sources Expect the Mavericks to Be a Likely Destination for Suns Center Deandre Ayton
If Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton gets traded this summer, many people around the NBA believe the big man will land with the Mavericks.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, multiple NBA sources expect Dallas to be a likely destination for Ayton.
“More than one NBA source said they expect Dallas to be a likely destination for Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton,” Pincus wrote. “(Luka) Doncic and Ayton share an agent (Bill Duffy of WME Sports) and are said to have a good relationship.”
Ayton tried to leave the Suns last offseason by signing a four-year, $132.9 million offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers in restricted free agency. However, Phoenix matched Indiana’s offer sheet.