Dallas Mavericks potential trade targets to fill wing need


I previously wrote about the Dallas Mavericks glaring hole behind Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons and the limited options on the free agent market.

So this time I thought I’d look at potential trade options for the Mavs. Obviously we all know the Mavs lack many assets to make a big move.

The team is handcuffed when it comes to trading first round picks (Thank You Boston Celtics and Rajon Rondo!). Outside of Justin Anderson, the team doesn’t really have any attractive young players to entice teams (maybe Dwight Powell, too?).

Parsons, Matthews, and Dirk Nowitzki will not be moved. And majority of the roster is under new deals, so those players can’t be traded till mid-December or so.

With that: Only Devin Harris, Raymond Felton, and Powell can be packaged in deals. Zaza Pachulia can be traded, but can’t be combined with any other player, and he’s currently slotted as the team’s starting center.

So…The Mavs will have to get creative and look for sleeper options.

Thanks to ESPN’s Trade Machine, I was able to find a few trade options for the Mavs and their limited resources.

In straight up deals involving Felton and his expiring deal, the Mavs can acquire the likes of Martell Webster, Evan Turner, James Young, Vince Carter, and C.J. Miles.

Why would these teams consider these teams? Well, Webster still has two years on his deal, has back concerns (though he reportedly 100% healthy) and is stuck behind Bradley Beal, Gary Neal, Alan Anderson, Otto Porter Jr., and Kelly Oubre Jr..  Also, Ramon Session is the only backup to John Wall at the moment in Washington.

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The Boston Celtics owe Dallas after that robbery. But in all seriousness, the Celtics could look to add Felton’s professionalism (reason he’s still in Dallas) and free up minutes for their younger guards and forwards by moving Turner. Young struggled his rookie year.  Though it may be too early to give up on him, there’s no reason to believe that he’s a lock to remain in Boston.

Like Webster, Carter could be the odd man out of the Grizzlies rotation. He struggled with injuries and play last year in Memphis too, so maybe a return to Rick Carlisle and the Mavs could be a win-win for both sides. Behind Mike Conley, the Grizzlies only have Beno Udrih and the unproven Russ Smith.

The Indiana Pacers are loaded with guards. Actually, combo guards. George Hill is the only “true” point guard on the roster, so adding Felton could be enticing. With Paul George, Monta Ellis, Chase Budinger, and Rodney Stuckey, Indiana could move Miles to sure up the position behind Hill.

The Mavs could try to dangle Powell and second-round picks to sweeten their offers. Or even swap in Harris for Felton, but that would still leave the Mavs in the same situation they are in now.

While none of these players are big names, adding depth behind Parsons and Matthews will go a long way, especially when they are working their ways back from injuries.