The Dallas Mavericks are set to start training camp this Wednesday, September 27. There were rumors of trades dealing multiple names on the Mavericks' roster that they'll take into training camp on Wednesday this past summer, but the Mavericks weren't able to make every move they had hoped for this summer.
Jason Kidd was very candid in regard to how much the lineup could possibly change this season in a recent interview with Marc Stein on 97.1 The Freak, and it seems like no one will have a guaranteed prominent role outside of Grant Williams, Luke Doncic, and Kyrie Irving.
"I think anytime you can put rookies or your younger players with the star players to see how they handle the situation, I think you can get a grasp of where they are, are they ready? And these last couple of weeks, our rookies have taken jumps here and so as I’ve talked to the coaching staff and Nico [Harrison], about starting Lively with Luka and Kai and Grant, and so we’ll see how that goes. But I can say that we’ll probably start both rookies here, early in camp and probably one, if not both, games in Abu Dhabi, just to see how they handle the situation."- Jason Kidd
We'll have to see how drastically the Mavericks' main rotation will change once preseason games begin here soon, but a slew of intriguing additions this offseason via the draft and free agency definitely could spark some consolidation trades here in Dallas this season
That being said, here are the three most likely Dallas Mavericks players to be traded before the end of the season.
3. Richaun Holmes
Richaun Holmes has the opportunity to reclaim his career in Dallas.
The Sacramento Kings traded for Domantas Sabonis in 2022, and his role was never the same.
On top of that, Holmes was out due to multiple eye injuries throughout the course of the 2021-22 season and only played in 45 games the entire year. Once Holmes returned to the lineup at the genesis of the 2022-23 season, he was poised to rekindle the rebounding and roll-cut ability that thrust him into the starting center position that he once claimed.
However, with the Kings elevating Alex Len to their backup center position and Domantas Sabonis being featured as the sole big in many Kings' lineups last year, Holmes only played in 42 games and saw his role on the team greatly diminished.
At only 29-years-old Holmes still likely has a lot more left in the tank than many Mavericks' fans are expecting, but he unfortunately only has two years left on his contract with a player option in the 2024-25 season.
If Holmes plans on declining his player option this upcoming season, he could easily be swung somewhere else before the trade deadline if he reclaims some value. Mid-tier contracts on expiring deals frequently get moved in the NBA, and Dallas was looking to send Holmes to a third team before the draft night trade that saw Dallas acquire Holmes and Olivier-Maxence Prosper was made official.
Holmes may stick in Dallas if things go well though, and isn’t as likely to get moved off the roster before the end of the season as our next two candidates.