Rumors: Mavericks searching for shot creation before trade deadline

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have changed their identity under first-year head coach Jason Kidd. After two straight years of having one of the best offenses, but struggling on the defensive end, the Mavs have flipped it. They rank fifth in defensive rating this season and 19th in offensive with largely the same personnel. Dallas has struggled to knock down shots and they have less space in Kidd’s system.

Superstar Luka Doncic is still one of the best offensive creators in the NBA. The Mavs have moved Jalen Brunson into the starting five to help lessen the playmaking burden on Luka, but it is still not enough. Dallas needs another playmaker if they want to make a playoff run.

Marc Stein shared all the latest Dallas Mavericks rumors (subscription required) on Jan. 31, and he discussed the front office’s focus ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Let us take a closer look.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks want shot creation ahead of the trade deadline

Stein says the team is focused on finding another shot creator to play with Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson before the trade deadline. He notes it is why they ended their pursuit of Myles Turner.

Head coach Jason Kidd has given Dorian Finney-Smith more freedom on offense this season because Dallas needs another player that can dribble and get them into their sets. Doe-Doe is showing plenty of improvements, but having another creator could do wonders for the Mavericks' offense. Championship contenders rank in the top ten in both offensive and defensive rating, and Dallas could get there with the right upgrade.

The Dallas Mavericks will be limited with what they can offer on the trade market. Rumors suggest they are not interested in trading Brunson or Finney-Smith before Feb. 10, which leaves them with limited trade assets. Dallas has a $10.9 million trade exception that can hopefully bring back a playmaker.

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