The official end to the season has begun. Let the offseason begin.
The Dallas Mavericks are a team hot for trades and moves to restructure the roster for improvement next year.
I want to take a look right now at three potential trade partners who have been mentioned with the Mavericks.
The Wizards and Mavericks already have a trade history dating back to 2004. That year the two teams swapped the rights of Devin Harris and Jerry Stackhouse for Antawn Jamison.
The rumors swirling around say Dallas is willing to trade up to the No. 5 pick that Washington holds. The Mavs have an eye for Arizona's Jordan Hill apparently.
Reports also mentioned the idea Dallas was willing to include either Josh Howard or Jason Terry to improve a deal.
There is talk of the Bobcats financial struggles and a possible search for contract unloading.
The name Emeka Okafor immediately hit the surface due to his five years remaining worth over $62 million.
Dallas and Charlotte have a very recent trade history. The Mavericks could offer the Cats the financial relief they urgently need with expiring contracts in Erick Dampier and perhaps Jerry Stackhouse.
Okafor would certainly sure the five spot for the Mavericks, who have lacked a prominent center for a extended period of time.
The question is will the Bobcats decide that's the best option for the franchise.
Pure conjecture has mention the Warriors and Mavericks in an idea that involves both teams' draft selections in the first round.
The basis is the Mavericks would hope Jordan Hill falls to the Warriors at seven. Dallas would then wait and see whether or not Terrence Williams lands with them at 22.
The swap would include swingman Corey Maggette and his unfavorable contract. Dallas would give up their 22nd pick only while receiving the services of solid veteran Maggette and young power forward prospect Hill.
All are plausible ideas and thoughts. Draft day is coming up here, not too long. Trades are bound to happen and it's about time.