Dallas Mavericks player that can be traded away on Dec. 15: 4. Frank Ntilikina
The Mavs signed Ntilikina in September, and he was in a battle for the team’s final roster spot during training camp. The 23-year-old not only won that position, but he played his way into the rotation. Ntilikina is shooting 36.6 percent from 3-point range so far, and his jumper looks improved from his time in New York.
Dallas brought him in to play stout perimeter defense, and the French Prince has delivered thus far. The 6’4 guard could play a key role in a playoff series, especially if he keeps knocking down open looks. Head coach Jason Kidd may need his defense on the floor when the Mavericks must have a stop.
Frank Ntilikina has exceeded expectations in his brief stint in Dallas after signing a two-year deal worth $3.8 million in the offseason. The Mavs front office is in no rush to trade him away, but if the French Prince is a needed piece to acquire a starter-level option, they should explore that avenue.
Opposing teams are likely not believing in Ntilikina’s shooting improvements, and would be trying to avoid buying on the 23-year-old. His play is something to monitor as the season progresses because the French Prince needs to knock down open shots to maximize his minutes.