With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, the leaders of the 30 franchises are busy making the necessary transfers before the fateful date of February 9. Of course, each team’s situation is different, and it is precisely for this reason that we want make special deadline paper by franchise. Presenting issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we explain it all to you. On the menu today, the Dallas Mavericks.
THE MAVERICKS, RUther BUYERS OR SELLER AT THE DEADLINE?
Let’s state the rules from the start: the Mavs would be well-advised to look to strengthen before the deadline. In fact, the Texans who have been carried by all regulars by Luka Doncic, will likely find themselves severely disadvantaged when the Playoffs arrive. Opponents getting choked (hello the Jazz and the Suns), it certainly helps pass the rounds. But when faced with serious teams, like the Clippers or the Warriors who are healthy and intact, the Slovenian nugget can no longer do everything by himself, especially since Jalen Brunson is now deprived of action in case of absence.
And besides, we’re talking about the Playoffs but… even on a regular basis Seine-et-Marne’s numbers will seriously need a boost. Jason Kidd’s players are now fifth in the Western Conference, with 25 wins and 23 losses. The Texans have lost 7 of their last 10 meetings, seeing the top 4 go away and their pursuers get closer, despite Luka Magic averaging 33.6 points and 8.7 assists on 49% shooting this season. Aside from the former Madrid player, only Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.1), Spencer Dinwiddie (16.8) and Christian Wood (18.4) are the only ones to exceed the average of 9 units.
Icing on the cake, the cover space of the Texas franchise next summer will be as full as Robert Horry’s trophy cabinet. But Luka needs help, and the player and Dallas fans know it. The last trading day thus represents an almost obligatory passage to significantly improve the workforce.
🚨 Despite Mark Cuban’s refusal, Luka Doncic would have asked for help at the deadline.
The star is said to be increasingly included in decisions surrounding the Mavs’ personnel.
A few returns could help him, including defensively highly anticipated Maxi Kleber. pic.twitter.com/FBNN22VZ2T
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) January 23, 2023
THE MAVERICKS PLAYER(S) THAT MAY BE TRANSFERRED
Christian Wood is one of the candidates for removal. The former Rocket is actually at the end of his contract this summer, and the Top Guns board may want to part ways with him now so as not to risk losing him against the Minnesota Timberwolves in July. That is if we talk about business. Because of the sporting rules, the 27-year-old interior is the Mavs second leading scorer this season, as well as a very reliable rebounder (8.4) and blocker (1.3). And it goes without saying that Mark Cuban will actually get significant reinforcement against a player whose contract is up in just a few months. However, little precision, friend Christian Bois always has the possibility of signing an extension in Dallas, which would free him from free agency next summer.
Another name is regularly mentioned in rumours, that of Tim Hardaway Jr. Cleveland and Miami have reportedly expressed interest in the 30-year-old sniper recently. His contractual situation, however, is quite different from that of Christian Wood. THJ is still under contract through 2025, and will make nearly $18 million per season during that time. The son of the Heat and Warriors legend has the ability to ignite scoring, but does not necessarily represent the greatest guarantee of reliability (38.7% shooting skill this season). If the back is far from immovable, all of these elements could prevent Dallas from getting as good a counterpart as expected.
The names of Frank Ntilikina, Reggie Bullock and especially of Davis Bertans and his contract scam was also mentioned. The Latvian could be moved in particular to balance the salary if the opportunity for a big move arises for the Mavs.
The NBA trade deadline is just 18 days away.
And there is a growing sense around the league that the Mavericks will make a move, @tim_cato writing
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— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) January 23, 2023
PLAYER WANTED BY MAVERICKS
They are many. Almost all are good for strengthening supporting cast of Doncic, and the front office The Mavs have eyes everywhere to watch for that little good shot to power the wings, the racket or to add a second ball handler in Slovenian. When we talk about boosting the squad, we’re talking about adding a second star alongside Lulu as much as about making some upgrades at the level of role players. pell-mellZach LaVine, Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Caris LeVert, Immanuel Quickley, Saddiq Bey, Nerlens Noel o Cam blushed have seen their name linked, directly or indirectly, to the Texas franchise through insider rumors in recent weeks.
But as we saw in the previous section, the Mavericks are not the best equipped in terms of possessions to get ahead of the competition, looking at the same targets as the Texans (notably Bogdanovic). However, Mark Cuban has one last card: The Mavs all have their first-round draft picks from 2024-2029. And there’s a good chance those will work if the franchise makes a trade during that time. February 9.