The Dallas Mavericks want to upgrade their roster around Luka Doncic before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They have some clear needs, including finding another playmaker that can take some of the burden off number 77, but the front office faces challenges as they look to make moves.
The Mavs owe their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade. The top ten protection on it prevents them from dealing their first rounder in 2025. Dallas can trade two first-round selections, but the front office wants to add a second star. Their most likely avenue is waiting until that pick conveys this summer, and having a full cupboard of firsts to deal. To accomplish that, the Mavericks cannot trade a first-round pick before the Feb. 9 deadline.
If Dallas wants to make upgrades, they are going to be shopping in the bargain bin. They should be looking for players that are struggling, outside of their team’s rotation, or on unfavorable contracts that can play better with the Mavericks. Here are five under-the-radar trade targets for Dallas.
Under-the-radar Dallas Mavericks trade target: 5. Matisse Thybulle
The Mavs' defense was a key factor in them reaching the conference finals last season, but it has slipped significantly this year. They have dropped to 23rd in defensive rating this season, and things have fallen further with Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Josh Green all out of the lineup over the last month.
Dallas must play better defense if they want to go another deep postseason run, and they will likely need reinforcements to do just that. Matisse Thybulle was All-Defensive second-team for each of the last two years, and he is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. The 6’5 wing is averaging a career-low 11.9 minutes per game this season, and he becomes a restricted free agent this summer.
The Sixers are looking to duck under the luxury tax line, and they could be selling Thybulle at a discount before the trade deadline. The Mavericks have had interest in the past, but can they finally get something done? It is worth making the call.