Last year’s trade deadline was quiet. This year’s trade deadline might be the same for the Mavericks, but something tells me we’re in for a surprise.
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. And recent coverage from outside the Mavericks have strongly indicated that something is afoot in Dallas. All 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 newest at the top to oldest at the bottom. It’ll likely be relatively quiet until it isn’t. March 25th is the deadline day.
March 24th, 11:15 p.m. - On the Locker Room app, Marc Stein of the New York Times says that the Mavericks have attempted to pry away both John Collins and Evan Fournier but they do not have the assets. He thinks they do something tomorrow just not at a blockbuster level. He says the Mavericks will be very aggressive in the off-season.
March 24th, 1:44 p.m. - Per the “Woj and Lowe: Trade Deadline Special” on ESPN, Adrian Wojnarowski said that the Atlanta Hawks “are going to keep John Collins.”
March 24th, 11:23 a.m. - Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson went on Dallas sports talk radio station 105.3 The Fan and said that fans shouldn’t expect much before the trade deadline. “Don’t get your hopes up, boys. We like this young crew,” Nelson said, as reported by Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News.
March 24th, 10:23 a.m. - The Mavericks have expressed interest in Kings center Richaun Holmes, HoopsHype has learned.
March 22nd 10:30 a.m. - Other teams are interested in Dorian Finney-Smith, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. He’s sure to note that it’s not via a Maverick source. This interest makes sense, Dorian’s a good wing but likely not a starter for most competitive teams. That still means great value in a league where the talent drop off is start at that position.
March 22nd, 9:15 a.m. - The Mavericks are the “loudest” team interested in Evan Fournier, per Jake Fisher of Bleacher report. They’re also interested in Norman Powell!
March 22nd, 8:30 a.m - The most likely Dallas option for Drummond is through a post-buyout agreement, per Shams Charania of the Athletic.
March 21st, 4:36 p.m. - The Dallas Mavericks are interested in John Collins and Andre Drummond, per Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer. Not both at the same time, mind you, but have made calls about both. The Collins one isn’t new as he’s an All Star of sorts versus the Mavericks and Drummond is kind of a given considering he’s not playing for the Cavaliers and Dallas gets cooked on the boards over and over. I suspect that Cleveland is playing a game of chicken, seeing if they can get a good asset like first round pick out of any transaction, but that seems unlikely given that Cleveland didn’t give up much for Drummond last year. Also, it would be an admission of sorts that Porzingis at the five doesn’t work with the team Dallas built
March 15th, 4:54 p.m. - John Collins is high on the Dallas wish list. This one from Matt Moore of the Action Network who purposely notes that the sources are not in Dallas. Would the Hawks even do business with Dallas again? Seems unlikely given the recent trade history. Yet Collins would be an immediate talent infusion. It’s something to hope for without question. Of course, restricted free agency is on the horizon for Collins and Dallas could be a player there as well.
March 15th, 9:00 a.m. - Aaron Gordon has Dallas listed as a place he’d like to play, per Jake Fisher of Bleacher Report. There are some interesting teams on Gordon’s list and he’d be quite the talent infusion, but he’s a confounding player. He wants to play a specific way that doesn’t maximize his skills, loving post ups and threes when he’s average at both. He also may be a bit of a tweener forward, but at 25 he’s got a tantalizing toolbox of skills that perhaps just need the right coach to unlock.
March 12th, 8:30 p.m. - On a Locker Room, Mark Stein says that the Mavericks are surprised this roster hasn’t worked out better and they’d be looking to improve at the deadline.
March 9th - Mark Cuban told the Mavs Stepback Podcast that he values “continuity” and that they wouldn’t make a big splash unless it was for a star.
March 6th - The Mavericks are one of a half dozen teams interested in Larry Nance. Nance is essentially the player Dallas hoped Dwight Powell could one day be before his injury. This one seems a stretch as the price could be too high.
March 2nd - J.J. Redick interests the Mavericks if he’s on the block, per Kevin O’Conner on the Mismatch podcast. He’s old but can still shoot. It’s unclear what the cost would be for Redick and Dallas likely doesn’t have the assets.
February 22nd - Dallas gauged the trade value of Kristaps Porzingis. Aspects of local media got really mad at this sourced reporting, but too many additional media outlets confirmed the accuracy. The Mavericks aren’t trading Porzingis now, but they put the word out they’d hear offers. Porzingis responded by playing his best basketball of the season.