The Dallas Mavericks continue to explore the market ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. They want to improve their roster around Luka Doncic, but they are short on assets, especially when sticking to the plan of keeping Jalen Brunson. Dallas needs another playmaker and could be looking for a replacement on the wing with Tim Hardaway Jr. set to miss an extended stretch after breaking a bone in his foot.
Matt Moore of The Action Network had all the latest rumors for fans on Feb. 6 where he discussed the Mavs pursuits. He noted a shift from searching for a center to acquiring about power forwards that can play next to Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas wants a floor spacer, but notes they will struggle to make “any significant addition”.
Moore says the Mavericks have made calls to Toronto about Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. The All-Star big man has not been a hot name in the rumor mill. Will the Raptors trade him, and could he be headed to Dallas if they do? Let us take a closer look.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks eye Pascal Siakam ahead of 2022 trade deadline
Siakam is having arguably the best season of his career. His scoring is down slightly from his 2020 All-Star campaign, but Siakam is averaging a career-high in rebounds, assists, steals, and minutes per game.
The Raptors are five games over .500 and currently in sixth in the Eastern Conference. There is no reason to blow up the team or trade one of their best players. Do not expect Siakam to be moved ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, despite the Mavericks' interest in his services.
The Dallas Mavericks just do not have the assets to acquire Pascal Siakam. The former All-Star would likely net a young player and multiple first-round picks if he was made available on the market, and Dallas just cannot put that type of package together.
The Mavs are likely to be quiet at the trade deadline, but fans should expect a minor move to come. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.