Why the Dallas Mavericks should be interested in acquiring Coby White
White is set to be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023, and his trade value has never been lower. Ayo Dosunmu has also passed him in the rotation, which has White coming off the bench and averaging just 21.9 minutes per game, despite Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine missing time early in the season. The Bulls would likely trade White for a second-round pick or two at this point.
The Mavericks are trying to build a title contender around Luka Doncic, so adding a 6’5 guard on a short-term deal, who was the seventh overall pick in 2019 sounds exciting. Would White realize his full potential playing next to Luka Doncic? He would get plenty of open shots, and head coach Jason Kidd has done wonders with the team’s defense. If White buys in, he could improve tremendously on that end of the floor.
White would also give the Mavericks a new dimension to their offense. He leads the NBA in frequency of transition attempts at 40 percent, and White is scoring 1.1 points per possession on those plays. The Mavs have the fourth-fewest transition attempts per game so far this season, and they play at the slowest pace. White could get them moving and create a few easy buckets, especially with the second unit.
Would Coby White be a game-changer? No, but he fills a need, adds a dimension, and improves the team’s overall talent. If he can be had on the cheap, the Dallas Mavericks should have some interest, but can they get a deal done?