The Dallas Mavericks are sitting at 15-9 and fourth in the Western Conference after Thursday night's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Even though they lost last night, Dallas is playing at a high level even without Kyrie Irving and Josh Green, and the Mavs' next man up mentality is working out perfectly.
Dante Exum is someone who has benefitted from the various injuries the Mavs have suffered, as he dropped 26 points and went 7-9 from downtown against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
10 players the Mavericks should immediately look to trade for after Dec. 15
Even with Dallas playing so well, they could be a team that is active on the trade market starting today. Since today is December 15, it means that it is the first day for players who signed new deals this summer to be traded.
Dallas is seemingly always active on the trade market, and they have made two blockbusters over the last two seasons, including trading for Kyrie Irving and trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards.
Here are 10 players the Mavs should immediately look to trade for starting today.
10. Jalen McDaniels
Although Jalen McDaniels has tremendously underperformed for the Toronto Raptors this season, he is someone the Mavs could look to trade for to make a slight upgrade for the end of their bench.
This season, McDaniels is averaging 2.1 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 0.6 steals per game. He has only been playing 9.2 minutes per game since arriving in Toronto, but he has played great in years prior.
Last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, McDaniels was a key part of their rotation as he played 17.5 minutes per game and averaged 6.7 points per game.
A trade for McDaniels is intriguing because it provides the Mavs with some positional size. Dallas is a small team overall, and adding a 6-foot-9 wing to the mix would be beneficial. He is a solid scorer in transition and his ability to guard multiple positions would be valued tremendously on this roster.
Considering he is having such a slow start to the season, McDaniels could be someone that the Mavs could buy low for. He also plays extremely hard and is only making around $4.5 million per season for his newly signed two-year contract.
I don't see McDaniels being someone that Dallas pursues outright, but Dallas could help the Raptors facilitate some sort of three-team deal and land McDaniels in the process.