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

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley
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Ball handler Dallas Mavericks could target before start of season: 2. Jordan Clarkson

If the Mavs are searching for more of a sixth-man scorer to fill their needed ball-handling role, look no further than Clarkson. The 30-year-old won Sixth Man of the Year in 2021, and he averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season. Clarkson is a microwave scoring option that can get hot at any moment.

The Utah Jazz are in the opening stages of their rebuild. Following their first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Mavericks, the Jazz traded Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert with a focus on draft pick compensation. Utah picked up some intriguing pieces along the way, but it is one of the least talented rosters in the league.

Clarkson is one of a handful of veterans that could be moved before the trade deadline. The 30-year-old is set to make $13.3 million this season, and he has a player option for next year at $14.2 million. Expect Clarkson to opt out as he searches for a long-term contract.

The Jazz are likely holding out for a first-round pick in return for Jordan Clarkson. Should the Dallas Mavericks pay the rate? They need a playmaker and distributor more than a scorer, but the 6’4 guard is an option.