The Dallas Mavericks want to upgrade their roster before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, and they have multiple clear needs to fill if they want to get back to the playoffs and have a chance at another deep postseason run. The Mavs are active and aggressive on the trade market, which is why fans have seen plenty of rumors already, but the latest one mentions Rui Hachimura as a target for the first time.
The 6’8 forward has struggled to find his place on the Wizards, despite being a top-ten draft pick. He is averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 24.3 minutes per game this season coming off the bench in Washington. The 24-year-old can get buckets, but the Wizards are prioritizing Kyle Kuzma, which has put Hachimura on the trade block.
HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto names the Mavericks and Kings as teams interested in Hachimura. They join the previously linked Suns as suitors. Here is a look at what it might take to get Hachimura to Dallas.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Rui Hachimura trade
The Wizards are focused on keeping Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma, which will give them a massive payroll. Hachimura becomes a restricted free agent this offseason, and Washington would be way over the luxury tax if they try to re-sign all three players with Bradley Beal’s max extension already on the books. Washington will likely trade Hachimura for the best offer before Feb. 9.
The Suns and Wizards discussed a Jae Crowder swap, but those talks have reportedly fizzled. Could Dallas convince Washington to take a second-round pick and JaVale McGee in exchange for Hachimura? The Wizards want to compete now, so they would likely ask for someone that could immediately help their rotation more. Porzingis has fit well in the nation’s capital, and perhaps McGee could rediscover his form there too.
Will the Dallas Mavericks trade for Rui Hachimura before the deadline? Do they make a blockbuster move? Stay tuned to find out.