Rumors: Mavericks interested in trade for Wizards sharpshooter to fill gaping hole

Landry Shamet
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The NBA offseason has just begun, and rumors are already flying left and right about the Dallas Mavericks.

In the last couple of weeks, Dallas has been linked to Bronny James and reportedly shown interest in free agent forward Tobias Harris, and they've also been shopping one of their veteran guards as well as showing interest in a trade for Jerami Grant of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Grant would step in and be the third scorer for the Mavs, and a player who was supposed to be the third scorer for Dallas may be on the move. Dallas is reportedly looking to trade Tim Hardaway Jr., whose time with the Mavericks was a disaster towards the end, and they may be looking to replace him with a different sharpshooter from the Washington Wizards.

Mavericks interested in trade for Landry Shamet which would add shooting and scoring

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Mavs have shown "exploratory trade interest" in Wizards guard Landry Shamet. The Mavs' interest in Shamet dates back to the summer of 2021, and this summer may be the year Dallas finally makes the deal.

Last season for Washington, Shamet averaged 7.1 points per game while shooting 33.8 percent from downtown in a limited role off the bench, but his career numbers look much better. Shamet is a 38.4-percent 3-point shooter for his career, and he has shown flashes that he can be an elite flamethrower off the bench at times.

Although Shamet is mostly known for his 3-point shooting, he has also shown growth when attacking the rim and has some sneaky athleticism that he is ready to unleash at any moment. Shamet is someone who throws down a couple of posterizing slams a year, and his scoring ability stretches beyond just a catch-and-shoot shooting guard.

If the Mavs traded for Shamet, they'd be getting a player who can light up the scoreboard when he's at his best and score in bunches, and he is only 27 years old. Dallas has progressively made moves to help their team get younger over the years, and if Dallas is the right situation for Shamet, we could see the best version of himself as he would get to team up with two elite playmakers in Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

The Mavs desperately need more scoring and shooting, and Shamet could provide that and more. This is a hole that hurt the Mavs during the playoffs, and if Shamet can return to his peak form, he would help in Dallas' effort to fill that hole.

The Mavs must find more scoring and shooting this offseason, and Shamet may be the answer. It's also worth mentioning that Dallas has made multiple trades with the Wizards over the last couple of seasons, with the most recent move being a trade for Daniel Gafford at the trade deadline of last season.

For all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks this offseason and heading into the 2024 NBA Draft later this week, stay tuned.