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5 ball-handlers the Dallas Mavericks could trade for right now

Dallas Mavericks, DeMar DeRozan, Luka Doncic
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Ball-handler Dallas Mavericks could acquire right now: 4. Immanuel Quickley

Signing Jalen Brunson has given the Knicks a glut of guards, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is struggling to find enough playing time for everybody. Shams Charania reported (subscription required) that New York is exploring the trade markets for Quickley and Derrick Rose already. D-Rose is a noted Thibs favorite, so consider him less likely to be moved than the 23-year-old point guard.

Quickley is an intriguing young guard that has yet to truly break out. He averaged 11.4 points and 2.0 assists in 19.4 minutes per game as a rookie. His playmaking increased in his second season, but his 3-point percentage plummeted as he played just 23.1 minutes a night. Quickley is shooting 39.1 percent from the field for his career, but his per-36 minutes numbers are intriguing.

Immanuel Quickley is not a traditional pass-first point guard, but he would give the Dallas Mavericks another capable ball-handler to put into their rotation. The 23-year-old would get plenty of open looks playing off Luka Doncic, and he has showcased some defensive improvements in his third NBA season.

Dallas needs more young talent that they can develop around Luka Doncic. Quickley is set to make just over $4.1 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent in the summer of 2024. He is the perfect low-cost option with upside that can likely be had on the cheap as the Knicks attempt to solve their glut of guards.

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