The Dallas Mavericks sit fourth in the Western Conference, but they have played below expectations. They have a negative point differential and a middle-of-the-pack offense after 20 games. Teams are selling out to stop superstar Luka Doncic, and the Mavs are not making them pay.
The organization should be searching for upgrades ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline, and talks are likely to heat up in December. Players signed during the offseason become eligible to be moved on the 15th, and that opens up plenty of possibilities for teams looking to improve their rosters.
New general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison will be making plenty of calls. The Mavericks need to shoot better, and they are still figuring out their center rotation. Plenty of talented players will be available, but who should Dallas target?
Pass or pursue on surprising Dallas Mavericks trade ideas
Rebuilding teams are the focus of deals at this point in the season. The Thunder, Rockets, Pistons, Magic, and Spurs are heading toward the lottery and have pieces to sell-off. Expect the rumors to heat up as Dec. 15 approaches.
The Mavericks still owe their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, so they are limited in available assets. Dallas does not have the pieces to trade for a superstar but fans should expect them to be in on role players that improve their depth and versatility.
Sites are already putting out hypothetical trade ideas, but should the Dallas Mavericks be pursuing these deals? Here is a closer look at three trades.