The Dallas Mavericks could acquire a marquee talent before the trading deadline. The team has a couple of young, promising players that other teams might have an interest in.
Dirk Nowitzki, 38, has two years left in his contract. He is unlikely to play beyond his 40s. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson are keen on making Dirk’s last remaining years competitive and worthwhile.
Fortunately for them, the team has the necessary pieces to go after an elite player. Justin Anderson is arguably the best trade chip the Mavericks have. Other teams could find value in his athleticism, outside scoring and defensive prowess. He is also just 22 years old.
Then there’s Dwight Powell. The 25-year-old power forward is expected to have a huge role off the bench next season. Additionally, his newly-minted four-year, $37 million contract will prove to be an important piece in a blockbuster trade.
Another young asset is Seth Curry. He has been bounce around the league since 2013. The younger Splash Brother is eager to step out of Steph’s shadow. He can produce 15.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds for a team willing to give him extra playing time, as per Basketball Reference.
Isaac Harris of The Smoking Cuban stated that the Mavericks shouldn’t hesitate on trading either of the three if a top 20-caliber player is available. The team can throw in the expiring contracts of Andrew Bogut or Deron Williams to further sweeten the deal.
The Indiana Pacers could go a different route and decide to move on from Paul George. The Brooklyn Nets might prefer a full-blown rebuild, rather than keeping its mediocre core of Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin and Luis Scola. The Miami Heat could also part ways with Goran Dragic to clear salary cap room for next free agency.
Nowitzki needs all the help he can get. A supporting cast of Harrison Barnes, JJ Barea, Wesley Matthews and Quincy Acy just won’t cut it, especially in the western conference. It won’t come as a surprise if the Mavericks would pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade any time soon.