Mavericks buyout targets: Ranking the best remaining candidates

Tyler Watts
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Best remaining Dallas Mavericks buyout target: 2. John Wall

Wall has struggled with injuries in recent years. He has played in just 147 games over the last six seasons combined, and it is fair to question what the 32-year-old has left in the tank. The five-time All-Star did average 11.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game this season, but the point guard needy Clippers did trade him away at the deadline.

Wall can still get buckets and run an offense. He is past his prime, but the 6’3 guard can still race past his defender for an easy score. The veteran’s minutes need to be monitored closely, and he is not a floor spacer, but Dallas would be getting a third playmaker.

If Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving misses a game, the Mavericks are going to struggle to run their offense in the minutes the healthy one sits. Josh Green has improved, but he should not be tasked as a lead playmaker. Frank Ntilikina is best as a 3-and-D wing. Jaden Hardy is a score-first option. Dallas has no player looking to distribute and keep their offense flowing.

 John Wall struggles on the defensive end of the floor, but the Dallas Mavericks are looking to outscore every team right now. They traded their best perimeter defender to acquire Irving, so adding a third playmaker and ball-handler should be a must for whenever both of their stars need a rest.