Ball-handler Dallas Mavericks could acquire right now: 2. Terry Rozier
The Hornets are off to a 4-13 start as LaMelo Ball has played in just three games and is currently sidelined by a second ankle injury. Charlotte was hoping to make the playoffs this season, but their best bet at this point could be chasing the race for Victor Wembanyama. Do not be surprised to see the Hornets make Gordon Hayward and Rozier available before the trade deadline.
The Hornets do not get a ton of attention, but in his three-plus seasons in Charlotte, Rozier is averaging 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.1 steals in 34.3 minutes per game. He has made 38.4 percent on his 3-point attempts and finished 77th in the NBA in win shares per 48 minutes last season.
Rozier would be a game-changer in Dallas. He would give them a third ball-handler and playmaker capable of scoring 20 points per game and spacing the floor for Luka Doncic. Mavs head coach Jason Kidd could go back to playing two ball-handlers on the floor at all times, and Rozier would give Dallas another driver and shot creator that defenses would have to respect.
Terry Rozier is in the first season of a four-year $96.2 million contract, so acquiring him is a bit of a gamble. That deal is likely to look like a bargain if the cap continues to rise, and the 28-year-old is in the middle of his prime and hungry to get back to the playoffs. Will Rozier get dealt before the deadline? Can Dallas acquire him? They will certainly make the call.