Report: Dallas Mavericks Willing Participant in 3-Team Deal to Facilitate Jimmy Butler Trade

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With the potential partnership of Jimmy Butler and Miami Heat gaining more traction, a sign-and-trade would need to be facilitated to make the numbers work.

While the Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are at the center of this scenario, the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly willing to participate in a three-team deal.

However, the catch is it may cost the Heat beloved guard Goran Dragic.

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Dragic, 33, has been the team’s starting point guard since he arrived in Miami in 2015. In that span, the veteran has earned an All-Star selection, posted great stats, and helped lead the Heat to the playoffs.

However, Dragic had a underwhelming 2018-19 campaign as he put up a mere 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in just 36 games.

Yet, the Mavericks are interested in the former All-Star. Perhaps the close relationship between Dragic and rising star Luka Doncic plays a role in that.

Both players are from Slovenia and have competed together on their national team. In fact, the pair won a championship at the FIBA EuroBasket in 2017.

On the flip side, the Heat would acquire a star in Butler, who is healthy and in his prime.

The 29-year-old put up 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season. While Butler isn’t considered one of the best players in the league, the four-time All-Star would immediately increase the Heat’s ability to compete for a title for next season.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.