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Mavericks: Ranking the roster from least to most untouchable

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Dallas Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina
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Ranking Dallas Mavericks from least to most untouchable

Fans could call this group the reserves and situational players. The Mavs would have no issues adding them in a trade, but their salaries make them a piece needs to be packaged.

15. Frank Ntilikina

Head coach Jason Kidd noted that the Mavericks' final cut came down to Ntilikina and Tyrell Terry with the 2020 second-round pick being sent packing. Ntilikina is a strong defender, but will not be part of the nightly rotation in Dallas.

14. Trey Burke

Burke provides shot creation that the team desperately needs. He is the third-string point guard, and he falls here because his $3.3 million salary makes it a bit easier to put him in a trade to acquire a mid-level contract.

13. Moses Brown

Brown is a 7’2 big man packed with potential. The 22-year-old is not ready for significant minutes on a contending team, and the Mavericks could try to entice a rebuilding team to take him before the trade deadline. Brown just does not fit the team’s win-now mode.

12. Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein is the team’s backup center, but his $4.2 million expiring salary makes him the perfect second salary when acquiring a $15-$20 million player before the trade deadline.

The Dallas Mavericks would part with any of these players if an upgrade presents itself.