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5 players the Mavericks need to trade away before the deadline

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Dallas Mavericks, Trey Burke
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Players Dallas Mavericks need to trade away before deadline: 3. Trey Burke

Burke signed a three-year deal worth $9.5 million after his stellar performance inside the bubble, but the six-foot guard has struggled to find minutes playing behind Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson. Given Burke’s defensive liabilities, playing him next to number 77 or JB is not ideal. He can provide some instant offense off the bench, which is a valuable skill for a third-string point guard.

Burke has a $3.3 million player option for next season. If the Mavs are looking to maximize their cap space, dealing him ahead of the deadline opens up a bit more wiggle room.

Burke has a 7.5 percent trade kicker in his deal that makes moving him more difficult, and the market figures to be limited for the undersized point guard. The front office’s best bet may be packaging him as part of a larger deal to make salary matching work out.

If the Dallas Mavericks decide to trade Jalen Brunson before the deadline, Burke could slot in as the team’s backup point guard. He is more of a score-first option than a traditional distributor, but fans saw the impact Burke can make in the bubble playoff against the LA Clippers. The Mavs should be exploring his market ahead of the deadline, though.