The time is now for the Dallas Mavericks to make a move. The NBA is in the sweet spot, between December 15 and February 8.
As of the 15th, recently signed players are available for trade. And, as we all know, the trade deadline looms in February, with this season the date being set on the 8th. Teams have a little over a month to make a move in preparation for the playoffs.
The Mavs are sitting at 6th in the Western Conference, one game above the 7th-seeded New Orleans Pelicans who currently occupy a play-in spot.
6 Win-now Dallas Mavericks trade targets if Nico Harrison wants to go all-in
To rise the ranks, Dallas General Manager Nico Harrison has to make a move. Including the Pelicans, Dallas has several quality teams below them. The veteran-laden Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors all sit behind the Mavs in the West.
With multiple teams applying the heat, the trade market is becoming more appealing for Dallas. Head coach Jason Kidd has continued to tinker with the lineup, but he ultimately knows the extent of what the roster offers.
Dallas is relatively thin on the wing and lacks a backup big behind rookie sensation Dereck Lively II. Furthermore, the defense once again looks like a woeful unit. Any combination of defensive-minded wings and bigs would add tremendous value to the Mavericks' roster.
Here, we'll discuss six attainable players that would bolster the Dallas roster, especially focusing on the defensive end of the floor.
6. Dorian Finney-Smith
A Dallas fan-favorite appears first on the list, Dorian Finney-Smith.
Finney-Smith spent his first six and a half seasons with the Mavericks. After entering the NBA as an undrafted free agent, he quickly made a name for himself as an exemplary role player.
The former Maverick is a fantastic plug-and-play option. He is capable of defending up to three positions and can play alongside any player as he tends to be low-usage.
Finney-Smith has never recorded a usage rate above 16 percent. For instance, the league average rate is nearly 20 percent. Of all 29 players this season with a usage rate below 14 percent, Finney-Smith is one of five to average double-digit points.
The veteran wing knows his role and executes it with the utmost proficiency. 67 percent of his offensive looks are from downtown. And he's knocking down a career-high 44.8 percent of these looks this season. While Dallas does have two other players with a similar archetype, a third certainly wouldn't hurt.
Finney-Smith is familiar with playing alongside Dallas star Luka Doncic. Luka also happens to be one of his best friends and has made it clear that he wants to play with Finney-Smith again.
In Finney-Smith's last full season on the Mavericks, Doncic assisted on 27 percent of all his baskets. And roughly a third of his 3-pointers.
Although it may seem a bit redundant to acquire the 3-and-D wing, having a rotation of Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, and Finney-Smith would pose a nightmare for opposing wings. Dallas has already reportedly shown interest in Finney-Smith, and it wouldn't be a shocker if they made a move to get him.