The Dallas Mavericks have played 20 percent of their 2020-2021 regular-season schedule and have still not had their full lineup yet. Kristaps Porzingis missed the first nine games recovering from offseason knee surgery. Just as he returned, the Mavs had players enter the health and safety protocols. Dallas winning seven of their first 14 has been impressive given their slew of absences.
The Mavericks added Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, and four talented rookies this offseason in hopes of improving their defense. They had the best offense in the NBA last season but finished seventh in the Western Conference because their defense was below league average.
The Mavs could be a special team this season. Luka Doncic is the favorite to win MVP. Kristaps Porzingis gives them a second star, and Dallas has a lot of talented role players too. The Mavericks could be one piece short of jumping into title contention. How could they improve their roster before the trade deadline?
5 trades that could upgrade the Dallas Mavericks bench
The Mavs have a strong core, but missing four players with COVID issues has shown they could use additional depth, especially on the wing. Dallas would love to have another 3-and-D option to run out there.
Bench players are the easiest to acquire at the deadline because teams not contending are looking to get anything they can for them. Expect multiple steady rotation players to be available via trade or on the buyout market.
Here are five players the Dallas Mavericks could trade for to improve their bench.
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