6 Dallas Mavericks who are expendable, and 6 they can't afford to trade

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10. Expendable: Maxi Kleber

During the 2022 NBA Playoffs, Maxi Kleber was exactly who the Dallas Mavericks needed to make a deep playoff run. Kleber averaged 8.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.6 percent from downtown.

He was one of the Mavs' best defenders by far and was one of their most consistent shooters for this playoff run. His play was inspiring, and it looked as if Dallas had a piece that would be a key member of their core. Dallas ended up signing him to a three-year, $33 million extension after this playoff run, but this decision looks questionable at best as the extension just started this season.

Although Kleber has been battling a toe injury and remains out, he has been bad when he has been on the floor. In five games, Kleber is averaging 3.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.2 blocks per game while shooting 25 percent from the field and 33 percent from the field.

Kleber has never looked the same since tearing his hamstring last season, and the toe injury has made things worse this season. He looks uninterested when acting as a helpside defender, and hasn't been a rim protector at all.

Kleber is someone who is easily expendable, as he is playing poorly and has a moveable contract. If Kleber can get back to playing how he was during the 2022 NBA Playoffs, fans would be thrilled.

But if his poor play continues, he is someone who Dallas could do without.