The Dallas Mavericks have been red hot in winning ten of their last 12 games, but a shakeup is likely coming before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Luka Doncic’s max extension kicks in next season leaving the Mavs with more than $138 million already committed in salary, and two key players heading towards unrestricted free agency.
Dallas will need to go deep into the luxury tax to re-sign both Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith this summer. Rumors suggest the front office is already exploring trade scenarios to ensure that the franchise does not lose them with zero compensation coming in return. Will Dallas prioritize keeping Brunson or Finney-Smith? Is there a way to retain both? Every avenue should be explored.
If the Mavericks are going to trade away JB or Doe-Doe, they should be looking to move additional pieces to clean up their cap sheet, be it in the same deal or a separate one. Here is a look at five players Dallas should be looking to trade away before Feb. 10.
5 players the Dallas Mavericks need to trade away before the deadline
Some fans will be clamoring for Kristaps Porzingis to be included on this list, but the Mavericks are not finding a buyer for the oft-injured star without significantly harming their chances of winning in the short term. KP has two years and $69.8 million left on his contract after this season, assuming he accepts his player option in the 2023-2024 season.
Here are five players the Dallas Mavericks could deal to clean up their books as they look to build a championship contender around superstar Luka Doncic.