The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. The offseason additions of Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan have guided the Mavericks to a 16-17 record, only 1.5 games out of a Western Conference playoff spot.
But it appears as if the Mavs are open to making big changes. Reports have surfaced that the team may be willing to trade a piece of their young core,
Mavs willing to move Dennis Smith Jr.https://t.co/32qlxfP8Um.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 28, 2018
The emergence of Doncic as the Mavericks' primary ball handler is what has made Smith Jr. expendable. On the season, Doncic is averaging 19 points in 32.4 minutes per game, while Smith Jr. averages 13 points in 28.4 minutes.
While the Mavericks may be willing to trade Smith Jr., it doesn't appear that they are actively shopping the former ninth overall pick. He's still just 21 years old and any deal including him would likely have to blow the Mavericks away.
The Mavericks also recently welcomed back Dirk Nowitzki. With Thursday's win,
Dirk Nowitzki joins an exclusive list 9⃣0⃣0⃣ pic.twitter.com/eAQ67DPh7h— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 27, 2018