Ranking the Dallas Mavericks best trade assets from peanuts to blockbusters

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks are looking to make moves before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They have lost seven of their last nine games, and the front office must put more talent around superstar Luka Doncic if the Mavs want to be true title contenders. Dallas has needs, but any upgrades would be welcomed at this point.

What do the Mavericks have to offer? In the NBA, teams are always going to have to give to get, and their resources are limited. Dallas owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis with a top-ten protection. The selection is expected to convey this summer, but the protection limits Dallas from dealing their 2025 first too.

How are other teams valuing the Mavs assets? Here is a tiered breakdown starting with the team’s negative value contracts and working all the way up to what Dallas could offer in a blockbuster and beyond.

Ranking the Dallas Mavericks trade assets

TIER 1: Davis Bertans, JaVale McGee, Theo Pinson, Frank Ntilikina

All four of these players have negative trade value. Bertans may be on the least desirable contract in the NBA as he is still owed $17 million next season and has a $5 million buyout in 2024. Signing JaVale McGee to a three-year deal only for him to be outside the rotation has quickly put him at a negative value contract. Pinson has played just 131 minutes this season, and Ntilikina has seen only 358.

The Mavs would have to give up an asset to dump the contracts of Bertans and McGee. Pinson and Ntilikina are on one-year deals, so Dallas could throw them in a trade as a salary-filler, but the receiving team would not be eager to acquire them.