5 under-the-radar trade targets for the Dallas Mavericks before the 2023 deadline

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Under-the-radar Dallas Mavericks trade target: 3. Mason Plumlee

The Mavs struggled to rebound and protect the rim in last year’s playoffs, despite reaching the conference finals. They tried to upgrade at the five by signing JaVale McGee and promising him a starting role, but he only last a few games in the rotation before playing his way out. Maxi Kleber’s hamstring tear has further weakened their big-man rotation with Christian Wood, Dwight Powell, and Davis Bertans picking up nearly all the minutes.

Dallas is the worst rebounding team in the NBA, and they desperately need an update at the five. There are plenty of names available like Myles Turner or Jakob Poeltl, but what if the Mavericks decided to buy low on a veteran with an expiring contract as a stopgap solution?

The Hornets have one of the worst records in the league, and they are firmly in the race for Victor Wembanyama. Plumlee is making $8.5 million this season, and he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Charlotte has zero reasons to keep the 32-year-old beyond the trade deadline. He is having arguably the best year of his career, and the Hornets should capitalize.

Plumlee is averaging 11.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 28.1 minutes per game. He is a strong passing big man that can help Dallas navigate double teams on Luka Doncic. The 6’11 big man is a strong finisher around the rim that does not shoot threes. His rebounding, playmaking, and finishing ability could improve with the Mavs playing next to Luka Doncic, but will the front office make the move to acquire him?