With Kristaps Porzingis being week-to-week at this point with him recovering from a meniscus injury suffered in the NBA Bubble last summer, the Dallas Mavericks should finally be getting back to full strength in the near future. In his absence, Luka Doncic has been fantastic and has started off his MVP caliber season on the right foot, but the Mavericks are just 3-4.
A lot of their struggles have been in the frontcourt, as not having Kristaps Porzingis definitely affects them on both ends of the court, but they also have not the same shooting team as they were last season. After shooting 36.7% from deep last season, ranking 10th in the league, Dallas is only shooting 32.2% from deep this season, ranking them 27th in the league.
Shooting was a big success of this Mavericks team last year and while they have some new faces this NBA season, they still need to add some scoring/shooting depth on the wing if they are to be as successful as they hope. Fully healthy last year, Dallas had a legit shot to potentially take down the Clippers, but without adding another shooter, this team is going to struggle to make the playoffs at this rate!
While some players would be hard to get compared to others, there are plenty of perimeter-oriented players that could become available via trade, giving the Mavericks a prime opportunity to improve their roster before the NBA trade deadline comes and goes.
The Mavericks are in a tough spot financially, as they are $18.2M over the salary cap and $5.2M under the tax threshold, but they do have some bigger contracts that could potentially be moved to help better their roster. Dallas is going to have to find a shooter to add to this roster, especially since they do not have Seth Curry on the perimeter anymore.
Here are 3 intriguing trade targets for the Dallas Mavericks for them to add more shooting in their backcourt and/or on the wing.