The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a dominating win over the Portland Trail Blazers but still sit eighth in the Western Conference. They had designs of finishing in the top four and grabbing homecourt in the first round of the playoffs. Injuries and COVID issues were behind the team’s slow start, and it has been difficult to dig their way out in the deep Western Conference.
The Mavs have been outstanding with their preferred starting five. They’ve won ten of the 14 games, but the small sample is forcing the front office to make some difficult decisions. The trade deadline is on March 25. The Mavericks must decide how to improve their roster for the stretch run.
Dallas is set to have cap space in the offseason, but the free-agent crop’s star talent has dried up. If the Mavs are going to acquire a third star, they will have to do it on the trade market. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, they have their eye on soon-to-be restricted free agent John Collins. The 23-year-old may not be a star, but he would bring an intriguing skill set to Dallas.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in John Collins
O’Connor noted in his piece that the Mavs are one of five teams interested in Collins, but his availability is in question. The Hawks spent massive money this season to improve their roster and make the playoffs. They have won eight straight and are fourth in the Eastern Conference. Why would Atlanta want to take a step back now?
Collins is a restricted free agent this summer and remains in line for a massive raise. The Hawks could decide to move him to avoid paying a massive luxury tax bill when Trae Young’s rookie extension kicks in. The Mavericks would be at the front of the line to acquire a young big man capable of averaging 20 points and ten rebounds per game with rim protection ability.
Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to land John Collins before the trade deadline. Their best shot at acquiring the 23-year-old is in free agency. The Mavs can make a significant offer, but do not be surprised to see the Hawks match any deal he receives.
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