With Kristaps Porzingis back in the lineup and Luka Doncic looking like one of the frontrunners for the NBA MVP award this season, the Dallas Mavericks are definitely a team to look out for in the Western Conference, but they are still dealing with some issues.
A lot of their struggles have been in the frontcourt, as being without Porzingis to begin the season left them exposed in the paint on the defensive end 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 33.1% from deep this season, ranking them 28th 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 around Luka Doncic 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 before the trade deadline.