The NBA is just one day away from the annual NBA trade deadline. Teams are scrambling to make last-second upgrades before the playoff push begins. However, no team has been in more rumors surrounding trades than the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks have had a clear defect on their roster for the majority of the year. The team lacks any player who can defend and help the rebound margin around the rim. Dallas sought after forward Grant Williams over the offseason in the hope that he could end the team's dreadful defense and rebounding stats, but he has not.
Multiple names have popped up on the Mavericks' radar including Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma would surely be the third star fans have been begging for, but the Mavericks may not wish to go that route yet, being that they only have one first-round pick to trade this season.
NBA Insider reveals 2 players the Dallas Mavericks have included in trade talks
A player that could be more affordable for the Mavs may be Charlotte Hornet, PJ Washington. Washington would bring much-needed defense along with shot-making in certain areas.
With the Mavericks' active involvement in trade talks, it may require one of their bigger pieces to make a deal work. As reported by Yahoo Sports Jake Fischer, the Mavericks would look to include one of Grant Williams or Tim Hardaway Jr. in a trade as a salary filler.
"The Mavericks are known to be including either Williams or Tim Hardaway Jr. as the larger-salary player with which Dallas is exploring several frontcourt options with shooting ability, plus some defensive chops," Fischer reported.
Hardaway Jr. could be looked at as the Mavericks' most valuable asset, being that he averages 17.9 points per game while shooting 36.5 percent from behind the arc. Hardaway Jr. is also on a likable dollar figure as he is currently on a four-year, $75 million deal.
The case for Williams is a little less clear. The 25-year-old was a heavily sought-after player over the offseason but has failed to live up to expectations for most of the season. Williams is currently on a four-year, $54 million deal but may hold more upside than Hardaway Jr.
Despite the contracts, one of the two players may not be on the Mavericks roster in the coming days. For more updates on trades, rumors, and Dallas Mavericks basketball, stay plugged in.