Rumors: Mavericks interested in CJ McCollum

Dallas Mavericks, CJ McCollum
Dallas Mavericks, CJ McCollum / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks want to upgrade their roster ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline, and they are exploring multiple avenues to make a deal happen. Dallas does not have the assets to acquire a superstar, but they want to plug holes in their roster as the organization eyes winning a playoff series for the first time since 2011. Luka Doncic is just starting to play his best basketball, and no team wants to face the Mavs in the postseason.

The Portland Trail Blazers appear to be sellers after shipping Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Keon Johnson, and a second-round pick. Portland wants to reduce salary and is looking to shake up their roster around Damian Lillard. The Blazers trade pushed CJ McCollum directly into the rumor mill.

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Mavs have shown interest in acquiring McCollum. The veteran guard would fill multiple needs in Dallas, and let us take a closer look at his fit.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks eye CJ McCollum ahead of 2022 trade deadline

McCollum is averaging over 20 points per game for the seventh straight year, and he is familiar playing next to a superstar point guard. The 6’3 guard is a career 39.6 percent 3-point shooter that can make plays, run an offense, and get buckets. The Mavs are looking for shot creation and shooting ahead of the trade deadline, and McCollum checks those boxes.

Does Dallas have the assets to go get the Blazers guard? He has more two seasons left on his contract after this one at just over $69 million combined. It would be difficult for the Mavericks to match his salary, and a deal should be considered unlikely before Feb. 10.

The Dallas Mavericks are searching the market for upgrades as fans read this, so check back to The Smoking Cuban with all the latest rumors, news, and analysis on the team this season.

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