It’s supposed to be a quiet year for the NBA Trade Deadline. With few fascinating prospects on the horizon this summer paired with few good teams with any real cap space, the NBA pundit class indicates that this year’s deadline might be a tad on the quiet side.
For the Dallas Mavericks, who knows what’s going to happen. After last year’s blockbuster deal for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway, which seemingly materialized out of nowhere, we have no idea what to expect for the Mavericks.
It’s a pretty good rule with trade rumors to consider the source. If it’s coming from a media member that’s not Dallas-centric, it’s worth asking what the goal of a rumor being out in the public might be. The Dallas front office is notoriously tight lipped in recent years. That said, it’s still fun to read and talk about, so we’ll do our best to consolidate coverage here. They’ll be ordered from oldest at the top, to newest at the bottom, with all time stamps indicating central time. The official trade deadline is February 6th.
February 4, 7:00 AM: Chris Crouse of Slam Online is reporting that the Mavericks may have interest in the Warriors’ Alec Burks. Burks is on a vet minimum deal and having a good season.
February 3, 10:50 AM: Marc Stein is reporting that the Mavs remain on the lookout for help at the wing position as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches. However, everyone’s two favorite trade targets, Andre Iguodala and Robert Covington, don’t seem to be the team’s first priority. In true Mavericks trade fashion, if a move is made, you can count on it being for a guy we didn’t even know was available for trade.
January 24, 1:05 PM: Shams Charania notes that rival executives believe the Mavericks are trying to open up a roster spot via trades and want to bring in a wing and a center. This doesn’t build much on what we’ve already heard, but the additional roster spot is a new wrinkle.
January 23, 11:03 AM: The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor mentions that the Mavs have inquired about Danilo Gallinari of the Oklahoma City Thunder in a recent post about the viability of Porzingis being the No. 2 guy in Dallas. He also mentions that the Mavericks have made multiple offers for Robert Covington but have been rebuffed each time. KOC also rolls out the tired rumors that Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond have been linked to Dallas. He goes on to mentioning other possible options, none of which have credible reports about the Mavericks’ interest in them.
January 22, 5:20 PM: ESPN’s Tim MacMahon is reporting the Mavericks are beginning to reach out to players who could fill in for Dwight Powell in light of his season-ending achilles injury. Joakim Noah is apparently among the first they’ve reached out to, although there are still concerns with his injury history. The team is also expanding its search to the G League and international teams. Could this mean we may see the return of Salah “The Tunisian Tower” Mejri? Time will tell.
January 21, 2:58 PM: On ESPN’s The Jump, Brian Windhorst says that the Dallas Mavericks are looking for “a guy with size that can score 15 points per game”. Color me extremely skeptical that the Mavericks are looking for another offensive player to add to their league best offense.
Check back in the coming days for more rumors and news.
January 16, 2:14 PM: According to both Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania, the Dallas Mavericks are among many teams who have expressed interest in Robert Covington of the Minnesota Timberwolves. A trade between the Atlanta Hawks and Wolves for moving Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham for Allen Crabbe, thus kicking off trade season and Covington is considered to be a solid contributor but mainly for a team with post-season aspirations. Per the report, Minnesota will drive a hard bargain for Covington.
January 3, 4:26 PM: A long discussed idea finally gained traction, with Vincent Goodwill tweeting that Boston, Dallas, and Toronto are suitors for Andre Drummond in addition to the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavericks indicated they have no interest, but with the Hawks-Pistons talks at a stand still, this rumor main gain ground again.