Luka Doncic can only take the Dallas Mavericks so far on his own. They have big money tied up in Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. but Dallas is in desperate need of a true play-maker that can help Luka on the offensive end.
As far as a trade goes, Dallas would have to part with pretty much all of its depth in order to bring in a player like Fox and make the salaries match. They could offer a package that includes THJ, Jalen Brunson, and a first-round draft pick to bring in De’Aaron Fox to fill out the backcourt.
The pairing of Doncic and Porzingis has not done anything special in Dallas and that is not really expected to change this season. Instead, the Mavericks should strongly consider adding a third star to the mix that can create on his own.
With the Western Conference being headlined by stars, the Mavericks have to be able to match the other competitors. Between Golden State, Phoenix, Denver, and Utah, there is an obvious need for multiple stars to make a deep run.
De’Aaron Fox is an attainable offensive star with upside that can be a nice fit next to Doncic as an off-ball cutter and on-ball creator. Splitting ball-handling duties between the two would give Dallas a nice blend of slashing and shooting while keeping the size of Porzingins spread across the floor.
The Mavericks would need to make another move to improve their perimeter defending but they truly need a player like Fox before they can really considered as a contender.