The Dallas Mavericks are coming off arguably their best win of the season after they beat the 25-10 Minnesota Timberwolves last night to propel themselves to sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
Dallas has handled business against lesser opponents all season, but they've only gone 7-12 against opponents above the .500 mark. Dallas needs sustainability health-wise as well as solid defense in any trade they make ahead of the trade deadline, as failure to do so may result in a shorter playoff run than expected.
It's no secret that Dallas could use some depth on the wing, and perhaps trading for a healthier and more reliable young wing in Golden State could be the answer to some of Dallas' concerns over defense and depth. As reported by Jason Dumas of KRON4 News last Thursday, yet another young wing in Golden State is discontent with their situation, this one being Moses Moody.
Rumors: Warriors wing discontent with situation, could Mavericks trade for him?
The Mavericks haven't been mentioned in any rumors for Moody, but he'd be a very intriguing young player to look at if they are perusing the market for defensive-minded wings ahead of the February 8 trade deadline. Moody appears to be the odd man out in Golden State's rotation despite how tantalizing of a prospect he is at both ends of the floor being only 21-years-old.
Moody has a 7-foot-1 wingspan despite being 6-foot-5, and he has a very strong NBA-ready frame at almost 215 pounds, so he has immense defensive potential to go in tandem with a pretty polished offensive game as well.
Moody is averaging 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game on an average of 18.8 minutes per game this season, but those numbers could go up with more playing time. Moody will need to continue to work on his 3-point shot as he's been about a league-average shooter through two and a half seasons in the NBA, but he's a great cutter and has flashed some intriguing potential as an isolation scorer, even in post-up scenarios.
Moody would be a huge pull for Dallas if they could haul him in a trade, but acquiring his services won't be easy given he's still on a rookie-scale contract with Golden State. Moody just had his best game of the season for Golden State on Sunday night against Toronto with Chris Paul out of the lineup for the Warriors, so we'll continue to monitor his situation to see if he remains in the rotation after a few DNP-CD's by Steve Kerr.
For more on what the Dallas Mavericks will do ahead of this upcoming trade deadline, stay tuned as we'll have you covered.