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

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Ball handler Dallas Mavericks could target before start of season: 3. T.J. McConnell

The Indiana Pacers are headed towards a full-scale rebuild around Tyrese Haliburton. Expect Indiana to have any veteran on the trade block as they look to win the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes. Rumors watchers heard the chatter about Buddy Hield and Myles Turner, but McConnell should also be available.

The 30-year-old point guard played just 29 games last season after having wrist surgery in December. He returned for the final three regular season games and is playing in preseason action. McConnell still managed to produce 8.0 points, 4.9 assists, and 1.1 steals in 24.1 minutes per game last year. He is a strong playmaker and pesky defender that would fit right into head coach Jason Kidd’s system.

McConnell is not the perfect fit. The seven-year NBA veteran has attempted just 346 3-pointers in his career and connected on just 32.7 percent from long range. He is a 6’1 pass-first point guard, but McConnell could run the Mavericks' second unit and open up shots for Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway Jr.

T.J. McConnell has two years and $21.8 million of guaranteed money left on his contract. It is not a small price to pay for a backup point guard, but the 30-year-old could pay dividends when Dallas desperately needs a playmaker.

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