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, Dennis Smith Jr., for the right price.

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, Nowitzki became the sixth player ever to win 900 regular season games.

Perhaps Nowitzki's veteran presence can help Smith Jr. and Doncic find a way to co-exist on the court and nullify these trade rumors. But for now, the Mavericks appear to be open to listening to offers regarding their 2017-2018 All-Rookie.