5 trades the Dallas Mavericks should consider before the 2023 deadline

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Trade Dallas Mavericks should consider before the deadline: 2. Land VanVleet

The Raptors are 16-23 on the morning of Jan. 7, and they are two games out of tenth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has some difficult decisions to make moving forward. Do they trade off pieces and rebuild or shake things up by making a challenge trade? The Raptors are one of many teams to watch as the Feb. 9 trade deadline approaches.

The Mavs could get a mid-prime All-Star ball-handler if the Raptors decide to blow things up. Here is a deal that works for Fred VanVleet.

VanVleet is averaging 18.8 points, 6.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 37.1 minutes per game this season, and he is a career 37.5 percent 3-point shooter. The 28-year-old was an All-Star last season, and the undersized point guard makes plays on both ends of the floor.

VanVleet would slide into the starting five next to Luka Doncic and move Spencer Dinwiddie into the sixth-man role that he thrived in last season after joining the Mavericks midseason. Dallas would have two ball handlers on the floor at all times with both Dinwiddie and VanVleet comfortable playing off Luka Doncic.

The 28-year-old point guard praised Doncic on J.J. Redick’s The Old Man and the Three podcast just this week.

Could the two be teammates before the Feb. 9 trade deadline? What the Raptors do with their roster is one of the key stories of this year’s market, so stay tuned for updates out of Toronto as they become available.