Dallas Mavericks miss out on perfect trade candidate after Celtics trade

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The Dallas Mavericks are back to their victorious ways, as the team is riding a two-game winning streak. The team started the week beating the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, then transitioned to knock down the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Kyrie Irving paired up with Luka Doncic in both games to show how dangerous the duo is. The pair combined for 42 points while shooting above 40 percent against Philadelphia. On Tuesday,the duo took their game to the next level, as they tallied 71 points.

Yet, even with the team's success, it's possible a move could be on the way. The trade deadline is today, February 8, and it'll be interesting to see if Dallas makes a trade.

Dallas Mavericks miss out on perfect trade candidate after Celtics trade

We know the team has been interested in numerous players, such as P.J. Washington, Kyle Kuzma, and Andrew Wiggins. So, what other players might pop up in the next 24 hours?

Well, one player who won't be in the Mavs' interest board is Xavier Tillman.

The 6-foot-7 forward was recently traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Boston Celtics in exchange for two second-round picks. The young, sappy forward was one ideal candidate to help solve the Mavs' frontcourt problems.

For starters, Tillman is a 245-pound big man who does his best on the defensive side of the ball. He is averaging one block, 1.2 steals, and 3.0 defensive rebounds. In January, Tillman had a three-game stretch where he averaged two blocks or more.

While Tillman struggles shooting the ball, he makes up for it in other ways. He can use his big frame to shake the rim with a powerful dunk or use his body to score down low.

One thing that stands out about the former Grizzly is that even on an off night, he can still make a difference in other ways. For example, in his most recent game against the Sacramento Kings, he recorded three assists and three steals. Given the proper minutes, Tillman is a key difference maker. At the beginning of the season, he averaged 11 points per game, 8.5 rebounds, and two steals in 30 minutes of action.

Last month, Tillman had his best game of the season against the LA Clippers, where he dropped in 20 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in 31 minutes of action.

So, while trading for Tillman for basically nothing might sting, its possible the trade could give Dallas some insight into what other teams might be looking for when it comes to other trade candidates.

These next couple of hours may make or break Mavs' fans.

For all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks and their potential trade deadline moves, stay tuned.