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3 most likely Mavericks players to be traded before the 2022 deadline

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The Dallas Mavericks have made an incredible run since sitting 15-17 after a Christmas Day loss to the Utah Jazz. Superstar Luka Doncic has gotten healthy and started playing the best basketball of his career, while new head coach Jason Kidd has taken the team’s defense to a new level. The results are a 17-6 run to put Dallas back to fifth in the Western Conference.

Dallas wants to improve their roster ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. No team is looking forward to facing Luka and company in the playoffs, but the Mavs need more talent to become true title contenders. Can they pull off a difference-making trade that vaults them into a new tier?

If the Mavericks are going to agree to a deal, they will need to trade someone away. With that in mind, who is most likely to be dealt before Thursday’s deadline?

3 most likely Dallas Mavericks players to be traded before 2022 deadline

The Mavs have a $10.9 million trade exception that is the most likely thing to be moved at the deadline. It allows Dallas to absorb salary without matching and could come in handy as the team searches for another shot creator. The Mavericks created the trade exception when they shipped Josh Richardson to Boston in the offseason.

Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith are both set to become unrestricted free agents this summer, but the Mavs have no plans of trading either player before Thursday’s deadline. They believe they can re-sign both in the offseason and want to keep them long-term as key pieces around superstar Luka Doncic.

Who could the Dallas Mavericks trade before the 2022 deadline? Here are the team’s three most likely candidates.