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5 trade deadline predictions for the Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Dallas Mavericks, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson
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Trade deadline prediction for the Dallas Mavericks: 5. Mavs keep JB and Doe-Doe

Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith have been the subject of many rumors, but Marc Stein reported (subscription required) the Mavs are likely to keep both players beyond the Feb. 10 deadline. That should come as no surprise to fans.

The Mavs have largely had the same roster since trading for Kristaps Porzingis back in Jan. 2019. They value continuity and believe they can keep developing their current talent. Brunson and Finney-Smith are the team’s top two trade assets. By keeping both, it eliminates Dallas from making a splash ahead of the deadline.

Brunson and Finney-Smith have become key pieces for the Mavericks. The front office has no desire to take a short-term step backward, and the teams interested in JB and Doe-Doe are contenders looking for contributors. Dealing either player for draft capital makes little sense as Dallas pushes to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time since winning the title in 2011.

Expect the Dallas Mavericks to keep Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith beyond the trade deadline and to re-sign both players in the offseason. Cap space will be limited around the league, and the Mavs can use their Bird rights to give both raises. Keeping both gives Dallas more future flexibility to acquire a star, assuming both sign fair market value contracts. JB and Doe-Doe staying in Dallas does not mean the Mavericks will stand pat.