The Dallas Mavericks need another ball-handler and playmaker on their roster. Luka Doncic is leading the NBA in scoring, usage, and time of possession. He is the best shot-creator in the world right now, but the Mavs' only other ball-handler is Spencer Dinwiddie, which is forcing Doncic to do it all.
Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd talked about the team’s need for another ball-handler after Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, and it was on full display when Doncic rested on Wednesday and the Mavs lost to the rebuilding Rockets. The options on the roster are limited, and Dallas will have to go outside the organization to improve this situation.
The trade market is starting to percolate. Players who signed in the offseason become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15, which is when the activity usually heats up, but here are five ball-handlers that Dallas could acquire right now to improve their roster around number 77.
Ball-handler Dallas Mavericks could acquire right now: 5. Monte Morris
The former Nuggets guard was traded to Washington in the offseason, and things have not gone according to plan thus far. His minutes are down, and the 6’2 guard is struggling to find his jumper. Morris is averaging just 8.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent on his 3-point attempts thus far.
The Mavericks traded for a struggling Wizards guard before the trade deadline last season, and Spencer Dinwiddie helped Dallas reach the conference finals. Could they do it again this year?
Morris is a career 39.0 percent 3-point shooter that has four years of playoff experience from his days in Denver. He is comfortable starting or coming off the bench, and the 27-year-old knows how to play next to a superstar playmaker.
Monte Morris is a name to watch before February’s trade deadline, and the Dallas Mavericks could look to buy low if the 6’2 guard continues to struggle in Washington.