Will the Dallas Mavericks trade for Coby White?

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The Dallas Mavericks need another ball-handler and playmaker on their roster, and that was abundantly clear in their win over the LA Clippers on Nov. 15. LA doubled Luka Doncic and was forcing him to give the ball up, and the Mavs offense stalled for most of the third quarter as their jumpers were not falling and Spencer Dinwiddie was the only other player who could attack the rim.

Their need for a third ball-handler and playmaker was clear from the moment Jalen Brunson departed in free agency. Head coach Jason Kidd had to play both Doncic and Dinwiddie nearly 40 minutes to defeat the Clippers because the Mavericks did not have anybody else who could make plays. Will the front office address the issue before the trade deadline?

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, Coby White is a player that is expected to be available before the trade deadline. Could the Mavs acquire the 6’5 guard? Here is a look at his fit, why Dallas should have interest, and the odds of getting of deal done with Chicago.

How does Coby White fit on the Dallas Mavericks?

White had a breakout 2020-21 season where he averaged 15.1 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game. His efficiency was not ideal and the Bulls were in the lottery, but for a 20-year-old guard, those are strong numbers that showcase a ton of potential, but White was unable to match them in his third season.

There were some positives like his 3-point percentage rising to 38.5, but overall, his playing time and role diminished. Chicago added DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso, and Lonzo Ball in the backcourt, and White never quite found his place in the rotation.

He is more of a combo guard, who made 40.6 percent of his 278 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last season. White would give the Mavs a tertiary ball handler that can space the floor. The 22-year-old has a ton of untapped potential, but can he realize it in Dallas playing off Luka Doncic? It would make his offensive game more dynamic, but White would need to buy into the team’s defensive scheme.

Coby White could be a fit for the Dallas Mavericks, and here is a closer look at why the organization would be interested.