Dallas Mavericks: 5 Off-the-Radar Trade Targets
By Kohl Rast
Why the Mavs should try to get Ellington: The Mavs made a mistake by not utilizing Ellington more while he was with the team. He averaged fewer minutes and fewer points in his one year with Dallas than he has in the rest of his career. Now he has become a reliable bench player for the Miami Heat.
If you haven’t noticed the theme yet, the Mavs could really use an upgrade at the wing position from the bench. Ellington could very well be one of the best options out there with a realistic chance of being traded. If the Mavs wanted to spend a little extra on guaranteed production, Ellington would be a great way to go.
Why the Mavs should not go for Ellington: The main sacrifice for targeting a guy like Ellington is his age. At 30 years old, there is no guarantee that he would fit into the long term plans for Dallas, and if that is what we are supposed to be working towards, then Ellington is the wrong target. Also, he is a bonafide scorer. Those kinds of players come with a price tag.
Why the Heat should let Ellington go: The Heat need to figure out exactly what they want to do, much like the LA Clippers. Miami is currently in the playoff picture in the East and continues to win games, but they struggle with their identity. If they want to buy into the playoffs, the Mavs have players that can help, but it would cost Ellington.
Why the Heat should hold on to Ellington: Despite him being one of the few trusted scorers in Miami, the trade market for him is going to be select teams. He has been a great source of offense for the team and would be hard to replace for that reason. They seem to have a good thing going right now, so a trade might not make much sense.
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