Ball handler Dallas Mavericks could target before start of season: 1. Mike Conley
Mike Conley is the best ball-handler available right now, and Utah would love to trade the 34-year-old veteran for a first-round pick. It gets the Jazz off the hook for his $14.3 million that is guaranteed for next season, and it opens up minutes for young developing players. The Jazz have zero interest in winning games this season, so why would they want Conley?
The 6’1 guard is slowing down, but he still averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 28.6 minutes per game last season. He has shot north of 40 percent from 3-point range for two straight years, and he would be a fantastic floor spacer in Dallas. Conley could play next to Luka Doncic or Spencer Dinwiddie along with leading the second unit.
The dilemma comes with giving up the first-round pick. Do the Mavericks take the short-term upgrade or wait to chase a second star by offering multiple draft selections? General manager Nico Harrison was brought to Dallas because of his relationships with marquee players, so expect Dallas to keep the powder dry to search for a star in the summer of 2023.
How will the Dallas Mavericks fill their ball-handler and playmaking need this season? Do they sign someone for the minimum or make a trade? Who does Dallas acquire? Stay tuned to find out.