What the Dallas Mavericks must figure out after the 2023 trade deadline

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What Dallas Mavericks must figure out during stretch run: 4. Is Green ready to start?

The Mavs traded away their best 3-and-D wing in Dorian Finney-Smith to get Kyrie Irving in part because they did not want to include Josh Green in the deal. The Nets were interested in both Green and rookie Jaden Hardy, but Dallas wanted to keep its two young talents.

With Doe-Doe in Brooklyn, Green needs to step up and take on his role. The 22-year-old scored a career-high 29 points in the first game after the trade, and he followed it with 14 points, five rebounds, two steals, and one block in a win over the rival Clippers. Green has taken a massive leap this season, and he looks ready for more playing time.

Can he play 30-plus minutes every game and make an impact on both ends of the floor? Green always plays with energy, and he offers a unique skill set. He defends well on the perimeter and makes threes after improving his jumper, but the 6’5 wing also can handle the ball and be a tertiary playmaker. Dallas needs more talent, and Green provides it.

Can he blossom into a starting role where he plays 30-plus minutes every night and is an impactful playoff contributor? The Dallas Mavericks would love to see it, but the 22-year-old may need more time to develop. His production is worth watching closely down the stretch and into the postseason to find out.