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NBA trades: 5 targets the Mavericks should be exploring

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The Dallas Mavericks sit at 9-6 after losing two straight in Phoenix without superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old suffered knee and ankle injuries on Nov. 15 when he was rolled up on by Nuggets guard Austin Rivers in the final minute of the contest. He is expected to return soon, but the Mavs also survived a five-game stretch without Kristaps Porzingis in the first 15.

They have not always looked the part, but Dallas is primed to return to the playoffs for the third straight season. Luka Doncic is going to be one of the league’s top scorers and will lead the Mavericks back to the postseason.

Making it is no longer enough for the Mavs. After two straight first-round exits, Dallas has its sights set on a deep postseason run. The Mavericks need to improve their roster to make that a reality. New general manager Nico Harrison should already be working the phones, but who could they target?

5 trade targets the Dallas Mavericks should already be exploring

The Mavs would love to add another star, but they do not have the assets to trade for Ben Simmons or Kyrie Irving. It seems like the asking price on both men would be down, but they remain with their respective teams for a reason.

The NBA already has several rebuilding teams that will be in sell mode at the trade deadline. Those are the teams Dallas should be calling and trying to make a move happen early. Raptors guard Goran Dragic appears headed for a buyout, so the Mavs see no reason to give up an asset to acquire him. Here are five trade targets the front office should be exploring.