The Dallas Mavericks rumors have been flying out as the Feb. 10 trade deadline draws near. There have been so many that Marc Stein devoted an entire article to tackling the latest rumblings in Dallas (subscription required).
The focus for opposing teams remains on Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith. Both players are headed towards free agency, and the Mavs will have to exceed the luxury tax line to re-sign both. Will Dallas be willing to spend to keep them? Stein believes they have no plans to trade either before Feb. 10.
The Mavericks have a $10.9 million trade exception created in the Josh Richardson deal, and they have been rumored to be chasing Dennis Schroder, but Stein puts those rumblings to rest on Jan. 31. Here is a look at the latest.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks out on Dennis Schroder trade
Stein notes that Schroder “is not in the club’s plans” ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. The Celtics will be looking to move the guard because they cannot re-sign him in the offseason and want to get below the luxury tax line for this season. Dallas needs playmaking and shot creation, but it looks like the front office does not view Schroder as a fit.
The Mavs lack of interest in Schroder likely tells fans that the team is searching for a playmaking upgrade that is a better defensive fit. Dallas is rumored to be the destination for Goran Dragic if he gets bought out, so the Mavericks are likely looking for more defense in any potential trade.
Dallas Mavericks fans should expect to hear plenty of rumors leading up to the trade deadline, but the team may not make a deal before Feb. 10. If they plan on keeping Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith, the Mavs have limited trade assets. The front office could just shop in the buyout market as they look to improve their team.
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