The Mavericks reportedly had a deal in the works with Brooklyn's Thaddeus Young at last year's deadline, so it makes sense that they have apparently called the Nets again to inquire about the forward, per SI's Jake Fischer.
I've heard the Mavericks and Raptors have inquired about Thaddeus Young's availability. Young is interested in joining a playoff team.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) February 18, 2016
Young would give the Mavericks the jolt they need coming off the bench and is a versatile front court player, so he makes sense playing the role Charlie Villanueva and Dwight Powell have filled this year as a backup power forward, maybe sometimes even center. But it's unlikely that the two sides would reach a conclusion. Here's what the Mavericks would probably offer.
This is the only realistic way the Mavericks could pull off a Thad Young trade. Almost zero chance this happens. pic.twitter.com/pHWkyxyaBW— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) February 18, 2016
You trade two guards, but you get Larkin back at backup point and hang onto Devin Harris as a rotation player. You'd probably dangle a second round pick, too.
But there's little to no incentive for the Nets to make this deal, since they get next to nothing back and trade away a pseudo prospect in Larkin. Instead, they'd counter with this offer, most likely.
@tim_cato was talking with a friend of a trade like this. pic.twitter.com/G4NYU4QIVB— Joche (@J0che) February 18, 2016
The Mavericks would decline, because Young isn't enough of an upgrade for a non-contending team to give away Justin Anderson.
In all likelihood, that's where the talks on both sides end. This is just how the trade deadline works. I don't know for sure, but this is my educated guess. It's possible the two teams can work their way out of this probable impasse, and we'll be keeping an eye on it, but I wouldn't keep your fingers crossed.