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Alright, this week’s national poll asked you which player you’d like to see traded. This should be a particularly interesting topic for fans of the Dallas Mavericks. On Twitter, and probably elsewhere, people are clamoring for the Mavs to make a move, any move. Just do it, you say. The player that fans are fawning over most is Andre Drummond.
Thanks to Kristaps Porzingis’ injury, there does appear to be a hole in the middle. Opponents are camping in the paint on offense and getting easy buckets against the Mavs. The need for rim protection and post defense is real. Drummond, due to his size would therefore make sense to add to the team, right? Wrong.
I’ve written in this space about how this rumor got started, Drummond’s potentially poor fit with the team, and why it’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to rehash all of that. Why should I when even Zach Lowe is essentially saying the same things? Besides that, most fans don’t even want to see him traded.
Drummond checks in at just over 10 percent of the vote. That’s not moving the needle much. It’s Kevin Love who fans really want to see moved. Can anyone blame them? His frustrations with Cleveland Cavaliers teammates like Collin Sexton have been simmering for a while. They’ve even boiled over, becoming on-court displays of exasperation and annoyance. The losing doesn’t help matters either. Poor Kevin.
As for the Mavericks, well, it appears that they’ve righted the ship, in the eye’s of fans at least. After confidence in the team took a dramatic stumble, it’s again heading north.
As long as the Mavericks keep winning—three-game win streak, baby!—confidence should return to the 100 percent it sat at for weeks. Getting Porzingis back will also help matters. He’s very important to the team’s overall success, after all.
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