No-brainer trade Dallas Mavericks should make before deadline: 3. Acquire Rozier
The Charlotte Hornets have the second-worst record in the NBA, and they are one of the few confirmed sellers before the trade deadline. The standings are jumbled, and some teams are waiting until the final days to decide what to do. It is a seller’s market right now, which drives up the asking price for any quality player.
Shams Charania noted the Hornets have put Terry Rozier on the block, and they are seeking a young talent and a draft pick for him. It is a hefty price, but Rozier is averaging over 20 points per game and is a career 37.1 percent 3-point shooter. Here is a deal that makes sense for the Mavericks at the given price tag.
This is the only trade on this list that may not quite be a no-brainer. Giving up Jaden Hardy and a first-round pick for Rozier seems a bit steep, but the 28-year-old point guard could be the piece that puts Dallas over the top. The Mavs reached the conference finals last year with an undersized point guard starting next to Luka Doncic. Dallas can afford to play Rozier off the bench and keep Dinwiddie starting.
There is no true favorite in the Western Conference right now. The Nuggets are the top seed, but they are far from unbeatable. The Grizzlies, Suns, Clippers, Pelicans, Kings, and the defending champion Warriors all believe they can make noise, but no team wants to face Luka Doncic in the playoffs. Add in another 20-point per-game scorer and watch out. Dallas is among the most dangerous teams entering a wide-open postseason after this move.