10 players Mavericks might replace Tim Hardaway Jr. with by the trade deadline

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7. Dorian Finney-Smith

Most Dallas Mavericks fans' hearts were broken when they traded him as part of the Kyrie Irving trade, but this trade deadline could present a chance for Dallas to bring him back.

Last season, Finney-Smith averaged 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 33.7 percent from downtown. This was his lowest mark since the 2018-19 season, and he struggled once he got to Brooklyn.

If the Nets don't see a foreseeable future with Finney-Smith, they could look to trade him at the deadline, and Dallas would likely be one of the first teams on the phone. He was one of Luka Doncic's best friends on the team, and his journey from going undrafted to turning into a starter in the playoffs was a sight to see.

Finney-Smith is also known for elevating his game during the playoffs (during his time with the Mavs), and Dallas leaned on him heavily for his defense. Although Dallas does have Josh Green and Olivier-Maxence Prosper as two of their top wing defenders right now, bringing back Finney-Smith would be a no-brainer.

The cost to acquire Finney-Smith may be outside of Nico Harrison and company's budget, but bringing him back to Dallas would be something that every Mavs fan would love.