5. Must-avoid: Quentin Grimes
Although Quentin Grimes would fit the Dallas Mavericks' timeline as he is young and is ready to contribute right now, it may be in the Mavs' best interest to trade for him unless a much bigger trade happens before or after this move. A trade for Grimes alone doesn't make Dallas contenders, but their reported interest in him deserves to be discussed and is intriguing.
This season for the New York Knicks, Grimes is averaging 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.7 steals per game while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from 3-point range. Grimes is an energetic young guard who is just scratching the surface in the NBA, but trading for him doesn't make much sense because of his similarity to Mavs guard Josh Green.
Grimes and Green are quite similar players, and trading for another shooting guard who doesn't have elite size would be a questionable move. If Dallas makes a move for P.J. Washington and Green is included in that deal as previously discussed, then trading for Grimes could make sense.
The Mavs may be able to land Grimes for cheap but don't expect him to be someone who Dallas prioritizes trading for. It seems like they have focused elsewhere at the deadline, but Grimes is a name that could pop back up over the next few days.