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5 trade targets for the Mavericks as rumors heat up

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The Dallas Mavericks have struggled to begin the 2021-2022 season. They are floundering in the play-in picture as Luka Doncic has already missed seven of the first 28 games with ankle injuries.

The Mavs want to build a title contender around their 22-year-old superstar, but they are going to need to improve their roster to make that a reality. Kristaps Porzingis is playing some of the best basketball of his career, but the injuries are always a concern. Dallas employs a handful of talented role players, but they just do not have enough to compete with the Western Conference’s elite.

Trade talks are heating up as the restrictions on players signed in the offseason were lifted on Dec. 15. There will be plenty of rumors and discussions in the coming weeks as teams look to get deals done before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Who should the Mavs be targeting?

5 trade targets for the Dallas Mavericks as rumors heat up

Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons are the two marquee names on the market right now. The two All-Stars have not played a game this season. Simmons continues to sit out as he awaits a trade, while the Nets are not playing Irving because he would be forced to sit home games due to being unvaccinated.

Both men could be moved, and despite the rumors, the Mavs do not have the assets to acquire them. Dallas owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, and the top ten protection on it prevents the Mavericks from trading their 2025 first.

New general manager Nico Harrison should be shopping for role players, and here are five trade targets worth exploring.