The Dallas Mavericks begin their season in less than a week and a half. This means that the team may experience roster changes and lineup adjustments leading up to the game. During Dallas' first three preseason games, the Mavs experimented with different starting lineups. Aside from Luka Doncic and Grant Williams, each game had various players getting playing time.
However, one thing Mavs' fans must be ready for is change. Over the past two seasons, the team has seen the organization make big in-season trades. In 2022, Dallas traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards. A year later, the group made a trade for NBA Champion Kyrie Irving.
3 Josh Green trades that make the Mavericks contenders
So, it's possible the Mavs could make an in-season depending on how the year goes. Some names who could end up on the trading block include Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Green.
Hardaway Jr. has been brought into trade talks numerous times over the past years. His name was frequently mentioned in the offseason. It was expected that Dallas would trade the NBA veteran.
Another player who could get shipped is Green. During the offseason, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that his name was an attractive trade piece. Now, the Mavs have a decision to make.
Should the team extend Green's contract or should they trade him to help upgrade their roster?
Green is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He has expressed his desire to play in Dallas. However, if the Mavs do trade Green what might that look like?
Here are three trades Dallas could make, if they do plan to get rid of Green.
3. Mavs bring back fan-favorite wing in trade with Nets
One hypothetical trade the Mavs could make is trading Josh Green for former fan-favorite Dorian Finney-Smith. The ex-Mav could be the missing 3-and-D player the team is looking for. Dallas would have to wait until the trade deadline to make this move, but it would be massive if they can pull this off.
In the trade, Dallas would acquire Finney-Smith, along with center Day'Ron Sharpe, while the team would trade Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, and their 2027 first-round selection.
This trade would give Dallas a familiar face and a proven 3-and-D player. Although he's not a star, he would give the Mavs great depth on the wing.
When Finney-Smith played with the Mavericks, he grew his game each year. In his last year with the team, he averaged 9.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. The year prior, he averaged 11.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, and shot 39.5 percent from the three-point line.
Defensively, Finney-Smith does a great job guarding a variety of players. He can switch between the three and four spot. While his numbers may not translate on paper, his hard work is best shown on the court.
As for Sharpe, Dallas would also be getting a young athletic center who can make his presence known down low.
The Nets add a 22-year-old who continues to improve his game. Like Finney-Smith, Green is interchangeable at various positions and can be a menace on the defensive side.
Along with Green, Brooklyn would get a power forward that stretches the floor with outside shooting. Kleber gives the Nets another veteran with plenty of experience.
The most important asset is Brooklyn receiving a future first-rounder. This helps them prepare for the future.
Doing this trade could benefit both teams as Dallas looks to continue improving their roster.