5 Unpopular trades the Dallas Mavericks should explore this summer

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4. Trade Jaden Hardy for wing depth

Dallas Mavericks second-year guard Jaden Hardy is a fan-favorite who many fans have been begging for Jason Kidd to play more, but his play recently has not justified these minutes.

This season for Dallas, Hardy is averaging 7.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown. He has taken a small step back as a shooter and scorer this season, but he has shown flashes that he can be an excellent secondary playmaker.

Despite all of this, Hardy is someone whose minutes could go down even more if Josh Green returns before the playoffs. Hardy has had some great stretches this season, but also some not-so-great stretches, and the Mavs could look to move him to add some more wing depth next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Dallas' starting wing Derrick Jones Jr. is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and without him, their depth at wing is extremely thin. Olivier-Maxence Prosper could be ready to make the jump into the rotation next season, but even thin, the Mavs need a fifth guaranteed starter to start next to Doncic, Irving, P.J. Washington, and Daniel Gafford.

Jones Jr. has been great this season, but finding an upgrade at wing is important (even if they do re-sign Jones Jr.).

Trading Hardy would frustrate Mavs fans due to his high potential, but it may be the best move if they can add an established wing.