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Will the Dallas Mavericks trade for Grayson Allen?

Dallas Mavericks, Grayson Allen
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Why should the Dallas Mavericks be interested in acquiring Grayson Allen?

The Mavs have to qualify for the playoffs first, and trades are unlikely to happen before Dec. 15 when a host of players become eligible after signing contracts in the offseason. With that said, the Mavericks will need to have their small ball lineup figured out by the playoffs. Fans saw them have their most success last season downsizing with multiple playmakers on the floor.

Head coach Jason Kidd is going to want to run at least an eight-man rotation in the playoffs. It will expand to nine if he decides to open with Dwight Powell and play him ten minutes per game. Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Maxi Kleber, Christian Wood, and Tim Hardaway Jr. are locked into the rotation, assuming health. The final spot is wide open.

The Mavs hope Josh Green can fill it because he brings energy and defense, but fans witnessed his playoff struggles last season. Yes, he did a ton of work in the offseason to improve his jumper, but Green was played off the floor. Teams dared him to shoot, and the 21-year-old struggled mightily. Should the Mavs trust him to shoot 35-plus percent from 3-point range if he gets left wide open?

Grayson Allen would give the Dallas Mavericks an insurance policy. An elite shooter that opposing defenses do not want to leave open. He could clear the lane for Luka to attack and knock down threes when his defender leaves him. That could be massive, but at what cost?