3 fresh trade targets for Dallas Mavericks that became eligible on Dec. 15

Tyler Watts
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Fresh Dallas Mavericks trade target: 2. Isaiah Hartenstein

The Knicks are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference, but they are rumored to be looking to shake up their roster. New York is more focused on clearing their glut of guards with Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley both being linked to the Mavericks, but could the Mavs convince New York to part with a freshly signed big man?

Hartenstein is playing a career-high 20.9 minutes per game for the Knicks this season where he is averaging 6.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game. The seven-footer is an outstanding rebounder that can protect the rim, and he is an underrated playmaker.

Hartenstein could be the perfect big man fit next to Luka Doncic that could both improve the Mavericks' defense and give them a multi-dimensional threat on offense. The Knicks signed him to a two-year $16 million deal in the offseason, but New York could be willing to part with Hartenstein in the right deal if they feel like they are moving closer to contention.

Working out a deal with the Knicks could be difficult, but it could be the Mavericks' chance to solve both their needs in one move. Dallas might be able to land the third playmaker they desire along with a center upgrade. What would it cost the Mavs? Likely a key rotation piece or two, but that may be worth it for Mavericks.