The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, and the Dallas Mavericks were among the teams that were active.
Dallas' first trade of the day came on Thursday morning when they traded for Daniel Gafford. They sent the Washington Wizards Richaun Holmes and a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 6-foot-10 big man.
Later that day, Dallas traded for P.J. Washington of the Charlotte Hornets. Dallas sent Charlotte Seth Curry, Grant Williams, and a 2027 first-round pick.
5 Buyout targets the Dallas Mavericks should sign after the trade deadline
Both players are expected to make big impacts in Dallas, and now they have an open roster spot since they traded away three players while only acquiring two players.
Several players across the league were waived on Thursday, and the Mavs could make a move for someone soon. Here are five players from the buyout market that the Dallas Mavericks should pursue.
5. Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry was part of the Terry Rozier trade that sent him to the Miami Heat, and if the Charlotte Hornets end up buying him out, the Dallas Mavericks should consider pursuing him.
This season, Lowry is averaging 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from downtown. He may not be the elite defensive guard that he once was, but he is still a solid defender who can create for others.
One of the Mavs' biggest needs at the trade deadline that they didn't address was their need for a backup point guard. This need was nowhere near as pressing as their need for a new backup big or starting power forward, but the need is still there.
Kyrie Irving does a great job of leading the offense when Luka Doncic is on the bench, but besides Irving, they don't have a reliable creator. Dante Exum looked as if he would be this, but his recent string of injuries have derailed this. He also seems to play better off the ball than being a primary creator.
Lowry is a six-time NBA All-Star, and his playoff experience, defense, and ability to create could lead the Mavs to make a move.
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