As trade season looms in the background, the Mavericks currently sit sixth in the Western Conference with a record of 16-11. Dallas has been jockeying to stay in position to have home-court advantage in the playoffs, but a recent flood of injuries has prompted a two-game losing skid for the Mavericks.
It's well-documented that the current rendition of the Dallas Mavericks isn't a complete roster, even when they are fully healthy. However, Dallas would rather suffer injury woes right now compared to when the playoffs roll around, so it's a good time for the front office to re-evaluate the roster now that some of Dallas' deficiencies aren't getting overshadowed by wins.
In a recent article by HoopsHype, writer Michael Scotto listed top trade candidates for all 30 teams in the NBA. Interestingly enough, there were seven former Mavericks on the list in addition to the two Mavericks that Scotto listed as trade candidates.
7 Former, 2 current Dallas Mavericks players listed as 'top NBA trade candidates'
Dallas has suffered a lot of roster turnover at the back half of their roster the last few seasons, so it's not surprising that many former Mavericks are on the hot seat for their new teams after being viewed as insufficient role players by many fans during their time in Dallas. Some players on Scotto's list are worth taking a look at for Dallas to bring back though, and could help tremendously in a push for a title.
Without further ado, here are nine former and current Dallas Mavericks players listed as "top NBA trade candidates."
9. Justin Holiday
Justin Holiday's time in Dallas last year was short-lived as Dallas added him right after the trade deadline. Holiday was bought out by Houston after being traded there from Atlanta and appeared in only 18 games for the Mavericks after being acquired.
Holiday provided a solid veteran presence in Dallas, but the limited aspects of his game prevented Dallas from bringing him back. Holiday canned five 3-pointers in his debut for Dallas against San Antonio, and it even prompted head coach Jason Kidd to start him for a couple of games in place of Josh Green.
The move was met with skepticism at the time and didn't last long as Kidd soon delegated Holiday back to the bench, as Holiday finished with an underwhelming percentage of 28.6 percent on 3-pointers during his time in Dallas.
Holiday was a really good off-ball defender in Dallas and an excellent screen navigator, but given the stage of his career he was in when Dallas brought him in last season at 33-years-old, it was a far fetch to expect that Holiday would be as quick or strong on defense as once was.
Holiday's offensive repertoire was also extremely limited beyond spot-up shooting when he was in Dallas, barring the occasional fast-break bucket or mid-range jump shot. Holiday would be an excellent piece at the back of the Mavericks' roster to help lead the young guys, but Dallas already has a few guys like that such as Markieff Morris.
Holiday's role in Denver so far this season has been up and down, as he seems to be getting decent minutes just about every other game, but isn't filling a consistent role. Despite Holiday supposedly being a prime trade candidate for Denver, it's hard to see a world where Dallas is the team that trades for him and brings him back.