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Should the Dallas Mavericks trade Jalen Brunson?

Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson is performing well in his second season, but his minutes are down. Should the team trade him to improve their roster?

The Dallas Mavericks have 17 wins in their first 25 games of the 2019-2020 season. That places them third in the Western Conference as of the morning of Dec. 16. The Mavs are a virtual lock to make the playoffs no matter which playoff predictor fans look at.

The front office should be searching for ways to upgrade the roster as the trade deadline approaches. Luka Doncic is playing at an MVP level. They lack postseason experience, but Dallas is proving they’re legit contenders.

The Mavericks are a deep team. They do not need to trade away all that depth to swing for the fences to grab a third star. Playoff opportunities and chances to win postseason series are not something to throw away, though. Making a trade that improves Dallas on the margins could go a long way come April.

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Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are locked in as the Mavs star duo. The rest of the pieces could be shuffled.

Dallas has plenty of avenues to make a deal. Courtney Lee is on a $12.76 million expiring contract. The Mavericks also have an $11.82 million trade exception created in the Harrison Barnes deal with Sacramento.

Acquiring an upgrade means giving up young pieces or draft picks too. No NBA team gets without giving up something valuable.

Here is a look at why Jalen Brunson should be traded away before the Feb. 6 deadline.

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