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5 trade deadline targets for the Dallas Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks, Kemba Walker
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Dallas Mavericks trade deadline target: 3. Kemba Walker

The Mavs want a shot creator that fits into their $10.9 million trade exception, and Walker is a natural match. The 31-year-old is not playing like an All-Star, but he is still a quality floor spacer and playmaking. The six-foot guard averages 12.4 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game this season.

Walker’s left knee is something to be wary of moving forward. He missed multiple games with an arthritic knee this season after having issues with it for the last few years. Mavs fans cannot expect Hornets Kemba, but he could make a massive impact in Dallas.

With Jalen Brunson in the starting five and Tim Hardaway Jr. out for an extended stretch, Dallas needs a sixth man that comes in and offers instant offense. Kemba is still capable of filling it up. Look no further than his 44-point game against the Wizards on Dec. 23. He has scored 19 or more points in eight of his 30 contests this season.

The Dallas Mavericks are in need of another shot creator, and the New York Knicks could be looking to move Kemba Walker with Derrick Rose nearing a return. They also just traded for Cam Reddish and are searching for a place for him in the rotation. The Mavs should explore buying low on Kemba Walker after their failed pursuit of the four-time All-Star in 2019.