Trade Dallas Mavericks should consider before the deadline: 4. Target Rozier
The Hornets will likely be sellers before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They have just 11 wins, and Charlotte will be looking for some lottery luck to land Victor Wembanyama. The Hornets want to build around LaMelo Ball, but the rest of their roster could be available. That may open the door for Dallas to land the playmaker they desperately need.
Rozier’s 3-point shooting has dipped this season, but his numbers are otherwise outstanding. The 6’1 guard is averaging 20.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in 35.4 minutes per game. He is a career 37.1 percent 3-point shooter that would get plenty of open looks playing off Luka Doncic.
Rozier could watch his scoring efficiency and production skyrocket after coming to Dallas just like Spencer Dinwiddie's did last season. With Dinwiddie playing Jalen Brunson’s former role, Rozier would slot nicely into Dinwiddie’s from last season. It would allow head coach Jason Kidd to play two ball-handlers on the floor at all times, and no team would look forward to facing the Mavericks offense.
Acquiring Rozier would cause some defensive concerns, but Dallas could make it work. Brunson is an undersized point guard like Rozier. The Mavericks reached the conference finals last season, so they could do it again with a 6'1 guard.
The Hornets get a first-round pick out of the deal, and they could look to flip Tim Hardaway Jr. somewhere else for additional draft capital.