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

Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dwight Powell
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Dallas Mavericks, Dwight Powell
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Dallas Mavericks player most likely to be traded at 2022 deadline: 1. Dwight Powell

The Mavs need an upgrade at the five. Powell is a strong backup center that can still be a factor as a roll man, but his athleticism has taken a step back after having his Achilles repaired in 2020. Powell does not have a ton of trade value, but he is a strong presence in the locker room and a hard worker.

He is making $11 million this season and is under contract for next year at $11.8 million. Powell is the perfect piece to use in matching salary to acquire a veteran rotation piece. If the Mavericks swing a deal for a center upgrade or shot creator making $15 million per season, Powell provides a significant chunk of the matching salary that will need to return to the other team.

Fans should expect a quiet 2022 trade deadline for the Dallas Mavericks. There have already been fireworks across the NBA, but the Mavs do not have a ton of assets. They still owe the New York Knicks a first-round pick, and they lack young talent other teams are circling. It won’t be a blockbuster move for Dallas, but they could still improve their roster as they gear up for a playoff run.

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