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NBA trades: 5 targets the Mavericks should be exploring

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Dallas Mavericks, Buddy Hield
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Trade target the Dallas Mavericks should be exploring: 3. Buddy Hield

The Kings thought they had traded Hield to the Lakers in July before Los Angeles quickly pivoted to acquiring Russell Westbrook. Sacramento drafted Davion Mitchell and has a logjam in the backcourt. Hield is playing just 28.4 minutes per game through 16 contest, and he could be traded away at any moment as the King look to open more minutes for De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, and Mitchell.

Hield is an elite shooter that improves any team’s floor spacing. His career mark of 40.5 percent from 3-point range ranks 32nd in NBA history. The 28-year-old is in his prime and is a proven scorer that continues to improve his playmaking ability.

The Mavs produced one of the best offensive ratings in NBA history during the 2019-2020 season when they had Seth Curry flanking Luka Doncic. Curry is an all-time great 3-point shooter, and so is Hield. The space he would provide should vault Dallas back into one of the best offenses in the league.

Hield has two years and $39 million left on his contract after this season. His lack of defense would be concerning, but the Dallas Mavericks should be calling the Sacramento Kings to gauge their interest because having an elite shooter next to Luka gives the Mavs a massive boost.