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5 ball handler trade targets for Mavericks before start of 2022-23 regular season

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The Dallas Mavericks are still searching for ways to improve their roster on the eve of the 2022-23 season. Fans heard the Facundo Campazzo rumors on Sunday, and the team needs another ball-handler after the departure of Jalen Brunson. Luka Doncic will be the team’s lead playmaker, but the Mavs had their most success with two ball-handlers sharing the floor last season. Spencer Dinwiddie is the only other one on the roster right now, so head coach Jason Kidd needs to change his game plan.

The Mavericks have an open roster spot, and they could sign Campazzo or another veteran guard on the open market, but there are reasons those players do not have jobs already. Dallas wants to build on last season’s run to the conference finals, and they need to find at least one more playmaker capable of playing every night.

There are plenty of trade options, especially after Victor Wembanyama’s impressive performance last week. Multiple teams will be racing to get the number one overall pick, and that means trading veterans. Who could the Mavs acquire to fill their ball-handling need? Here are five options.

Ball handler Dallas Mavericks could target before start of season: 5. Trey Burke

The Mavs traded Trey Burke to the Rockets in the Christian Wood deal, but he did not last long in Houston as the Rockets shipped him to Oklahoma City in an eight-player swap.

The Thunder have 17 players under guaranteed contracts, and they are still in rebuild mode. They would have zero issues with trading Burke again before the start of the regular season, and he could be waived before things get going.

The Dallas Mavericks are familiar with Trey Burke, and the organization could bring him in short order. He provides some instant offense off the bench, but Dallas can find a better option via trade. Here are four players that could become available right now if the Mavs are willing to meet the asking price.