Should the Dallas Mavericks trade for Chris Paul?

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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the injury scare for Luka Doncic, should the Dallas Mavericks look to trade for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul?

There was a hush over the arena as Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic appeared to step on the foot of Miami Heat rookie Kendrick Nunn.

Doncic went straight back the the locker room and was reportedly working on the team’s underwater treadmill under the teams athletic trainers at halftime.

Now, fortunately the injury appears to be moderate according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, after it was first reported by Tim McMahon, also of ESPN.

The question could be asked if it is an overreaction to trade for a 34-year-old point guard with two massive years left on his contract. How could this benefit the Mavericks?

However, what this does show is that the Mavericks need some sort of backup plan in case Doncic goes down, like he did with a knee injury in his rookie year. They simply do not have the talent at the point without Doncic.

This is where trading for Chris Paul comes in. Take a look at the details of the trade below.

Mavericks Get
Chris Paul, PG
Thunder Get
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG
Courtney Lee, SG

The reason the Mavericks have to trade two players is they have to match the salary of Paul, which is $38 million for this season, $41 million for next season and then $44 million in the final year of his contract. Paul will be 36 years old when his contract finishes.

Now, let us take a look at why the two teams would go for such a deal.

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