Addition of Marcus Smart gets Dallas Mavericks interested in trading Kristaps Porzingis
Coach Rick Carlisle lets fans know what the Mavs are looking to add this offseason. See his quote from June 7 below.
"“It would be great to find a rugged defender who is a deadeye shooter and could make some simple plays”."
Earlier in the interview, Carlisle talked about the team looking at ways to improve their defense. The Celtics employ one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and he is about to enter the final year of his contract. Dallas would love to add Marcus Smart in a Kemba Walker trade.
Yes, Smart is a career 32.0 percent 3-point shooter, but if any team could improve his shot it is the Mavericks. They have helped Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber make significant strides in that area in recent years. Smart is one of the best defenders in the league, and he averaged 5.7 assists per game during the 2020-2021 season.
Obviously, it would not be Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart for Kristaps Porzingis. The Dallas Mavericks would need to offer other pieces to make the deal. The front office will have to think outside the box to improve this offseason. Acquiring two guards for Kristaps Porzingis opens up the center spot for the Mavericks. They could add a rim protector and improve their overall defense there too.
A Kristaps Porzingis trade is one of the many things to watch this offseason. Stay tuned because the Dallas Mavericks will be active and aggressive, and fans will not want to miss a second of the action.