Finding quality guys to put around Luka Doncic will be the Mavericks’ primary goal for as long as Luka remains in a Dallas uniform. That leads us to the most recent NBA trade rumor.
Brooks (a former second-round pick) has carved out a nice career for himself in the NBA. He’s made his money playing alongside Ja Morant, providing a nice Robin-like presence to Ja’s Batman. He has decent NBA size at 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds and is ideally suited in a situation similar to the one he’s in right now — playing next to an elite point guard in the backcourt.
Enter Luka Doncic and the Mavs.
What is the ideal prototype of a backcourt partner for Luka? He needs someone who can guard the other team’s best perimeter player. Dillon Brooks checks that box. Luka needs someone who can space the floor. Brooks checks that box. Luka needs someone who can handle some of the offensive load when he’s on the bench. Brooks checks that box.
Is Dillon Brooks ever going to be an All-Star? I doubt it. He struggles to get to the rim, ultimately rendering him an inefficient scorer (42 percent from the field for his career). But he’s the perfect guy to throw on the court next to a First Team All-NBA guy like Luka.
Brooks’ relentless ball pressure would dramatically help improve the Mavs’ porous defense, and his size also gives them lineup flexibility. The ideal scenario would be to play Brooks alongside Luka and Tim Hardaway Jr. That makes the offense and defense both more dynamic than they are now.
The best part about Dillon Brooks right now? His contract. In the 2021-22 season, he’ll make a little over $12 million and the year after that he’ll make even less. It’s nearly impossible to find the production that Brooks provides at the low cost of his contract.
Who knows what Memphis would ask for in a Brooks deal. It’s quite possible it would be way more than the Mavs could (or should) pay. The report is that he’s available “for the right price.” I mean... not many NBA players aren’t available for the “right price.”
So is this a pipe dream? Probably. But is it worth a call from the Mavs’ front office? Definitely.