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5 trade deadline predictions for the Mavericks

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Trade deadline prediction for the Dallas Mavericks: 2. Mavs use trade exception

The Mavericks created a $10.9 million trade exception when they shipped Josh Richardson to Boston for Moses Brown during the 2021 offseason. Rumors suggest they are looking to use it with the goal of adding more shot creation to their roster. The exception would allow Dallas to add a player without matching salaries in the deal.

Dennis Schroder seemed like the logical fit, but the Mavs are rumored to be out on acquiring the current Celtics guard. The team has an emphasis on defense, and Schroder is not the perfect fit on that end of the floor. Can Dallas find the right player before Feb. 10?

They have options but finding a team that is willing to agree to the deal will not be easy. Kemba Walker, Justin Holiday, and Larry Nance Jr. are three players Dallas could attempt to acquire using their trade exception. Can they provide the draft capital to interest the Knicks, Pacers, or Trail Blazers?

The Dallas Mavericks find a way to improve their roster using the trade exception just before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. They show some added urgency with Tim Hardaway Jr. set to miss an extended stretch, and the team’s recent run proving they can compete with any team. Even after the trade, Dallas is not quite done making moves.