5 potential buyout candidates the Dallas Mavericks should target

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The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a massive blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving before Thursday’s deadline. They wanted to put a second star next to Luka Doncic, and the front office made it happen. Irving is an eight-time All-Star and one of the most talented players in the league. He raises the team’s ceiling and puts them in the title conversation.

It cost Dallas a hefty price of two starters and three draft picks and left the Mavericks with plenty of question marks. They still only have two playmakers on their roster, and Dallas needs wing depth after dealing Dorian Finney-Smith to Brooklyn. The Mavs searched for additional moves before the trade deadline, but they could not work anything out.

The Mavericks figure to be players in the buyout market after acquiring Kyrie Irving. They have an open roster and a desire to add another talented player. Fans should temper their expectations, but Dallas could find a quality rotation piece. Who should the Mavs target? Here are five potential candidates that could be looking to play for contenders down the stretch.

Buyout candidate Dallas Mavericks should target: 5. Nerlens Noel

The Mavs have been linked to Noel for months as they were rumored to be discussing trades with the Pistons. Noel’s $9.2 million salary made working out a deal difficult, and it is why he could be headed for a buyout.

The Pistons are playing Jalen Duren and Isaiah Steward over Noel as they are prioritizing youth in their rebuild. The 28-year-old has a team option for next season, but Detroit is not picking it up. Noel’s best bet is to agree to a buyout and join a contender for the stretch run.

Would Noel be interested in returning to Dallas? The Mavericks need a center after offseason signee JaVale McGee has not worked out. They would love to add a strong rebounder and rim protector for the playoffs, and Noel is likely the best available option on the buyout market.