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Here's why the Mavericks' interest in Thaddeus Young likely won't lead to a trade

Breaking down how the two sides probably will interact today.

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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.

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.

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.

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.