The Dallas Mavericks are getting closer to the NBA trade deadline day by day, as rumors are spreading vastly across the league whether they are probable or not ahead of the February 8 league deadline.
Dallas has been rumored to be pining for frontcourt depth, and Mavericks' alternate governor Mark Cuban made that readily apparent with one of his recent comments on The Freak-FM 97.1′s Ben and Skin Show last week.
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"If we can get a big who can also create off the dribble, that'd be a plus. Six-eight or bigger"- Mark Cuban
It's hard to pinpoint whether Cuban is referencing a true big man or bigger-bodied wing when he talks about a "big" that can create off the dribble, as there aren't many true big men who can also create off the dribble that will be available at his upcoming deadline for Dallas.
Bigs that can create offense from the perimeter are one of the more sought after commodities in today's NBA despite how scarce they are to come across, as the big-man position has been completely revolutionized in recent years. A more feasible prospect for Dallas at this trade deadline would be to search for a bigger-bodied wing who can create some offense, while also having the ability to guard the best wings on the opposing team.
There are certainly not an abundance of those type of players in the league either, but there have been some who fit the mold of what Cuban is talking about and who have also been rumored to be targeted by Dallas ahead of the trade deadline.
In this hypothetical mock trade, Dallas lands two huge needs in both a backup big man and the coveted 3-and-D wing who can create a little offense off the dribble, but it doesn't come at a low cost.