5 Potential trade targets from the Lakers' downfall for the Dallas Mavericks

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2. Gabe Vincent

Is the Miami Heat effect real? It seems too often that former Heat players fall off in new roles after signing lucrative new contracts. Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, and Kendrick Nunn are a few names who excelled in Miami, but failed to make a name for themselves with other organizations.

It's far too early to call Gabe Vincent a bust in Los Angeles, but his early season results were putrid. In five games, Vincent averaged 5.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on unsightly shooting splits.

In his brief tenure in Los Angeles, Vincent shot 37.5 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from downtown. Likely, we won't see the former Miami guard until late February, thus making him even more of a question mark.

Nevertheless, Vincent should be on the Dallas Mavericks' radar to fill a need at backup point guard. He fits the Seth Curry-mold, as an undersized guard who operates as more of a catch-and-shoot player rather than a ball-handling lead guard.

Despite being closer to a two-guard, Vincent would fulfill a lesser-known need for the Mavericks, a third ball-handler. While at least one of Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving is on the court at all times, having a tertiary playmaker is important.

Vincent toes the line between spot-up shooter and secondary ball-handler, but he fits the bill as a lead guard in spurts. In instances where Doncic or Irving is unavailable, having Vincent would alleviate players like Jaden Hardy or Tim Hardaway Jr. taking on lead guard responsibility.

Out of all the Lakers on this list, Vincent might be the easiest to poach. Los Angeles has all but forgotten about Vincent as he's sat on the bench for the majority of the season. And with Vincent timetable for return set after the trade deadline, his time in Souther California appears limited.