2019 NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the Latest Buzz

The NBA’s Feb. 7 trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and a tightly packed playoff race in the Western Conference could make the proceedings especially unpredictable this year.

Only a handful of games separate the No. 3 seed in the West from the No. 13 seed, which means teams can surge up or slide down the standings at a moment’s notice. Look no further than the Houston Rockets, who were under .500 in mid-December before James Harden began going Super Saiyan every night.

Which teams will attempt to bolster their core for a playoff push at the trade deadline? Which teams will slough off veterans as they gear up for a run at the No. 1 pick in the draft? Keep checking back here as we update with the latest rumors between now and the deadline.

Feb. 7: Gasol to Charlotte a sure thing?

Brandon Robinson is reporting that Marc Gasol to Charlotte is “Highly Probable” to happen today before the deadline.

Feb. 7: Do the Knicks actually have a shot to get AD?

Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that the Knicks are on “equal footing” with the Lakers in regards to joining the team and signing long term. It was also reported that he prefers becoming a 2020 free agent rather than signing an extension prior to that.

Feb. 6: Mike Conley says no to Utah?

It has been reported by Brian Windhorst that the Grizzlies are allowing Conley and Gasol be active in their discussions with other teams. Gasol has apparently been allowed to talk to members of the Hornets organization and it looked like Memphis almost had a deal with Utah for Mike Conley but it’s being reported that Conley doesn’t want to go to Utah and prefers a move to the Eastern Conference. If there are moves to be made here it feels like it will come down to the wire tomorrow. Teams to look out for as a potential Conley destination in the East is Detroit and Toronto.

Feb. 5: Marc Gasol to Charlotte?

According to Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) the Grizzlies are in serious talks to move franchise centerpiece Marc Gasol to Charlotte. This has progressed to a point where Memphis is going to rest Marc Gasol in tonight’s game vs Minnesota. The details of the trade are unclear at this time.

Feb. 5: Kyle Lowry on the move?

In an interesting rumor the Raptors have reportedly offered Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas to the Grizzlies in exchange for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol according to @JakeLFischer. Cue the Toronto loyalty jokes here. With the uncertainty about Kawhi staying in Toronto this looks like a move to go all in and try and win it this year with the age of the players they would be trading for. Gasol would really give them a boost as a 3rd option behind Conley and Kawhi if this move were to made, and as we have seen Kyle Lowry can be inconsistent at times and the Raptors can’t afford that this season.

Feb. 5: Harrison Barnes to the Kings?

The Kings have been linked to Mavs F Harrison Barnes the last couple of days and it feels like this is a deal that would help both teams greatly. Sacramento desperately needs a “max” player that is under control and Barnes is that guy. They also have expiring contracts of Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Iran Shumpert, and Ben McLemore that they can send to Dallas. Dallas is looking to get Barnes big contract off their books and take on expiring deals because they need cap space to make some splashes in free agency this season to pair with Porzingis and Luka. This will be something to check back on as we get closer and closer to the trade deadline on Thursday.

Feb. 5: The Lakers are tired of the Pelicans demands

The LA Times is reporting that the Lakers have officially pulled out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes after they gave Pelicans GM Dell Demps a final offer and it was declined. Their request have reportedly been “outrageous” and if that matches up with any of the other news we have seen I would say that is correct. When the Lakers agreed to ship off their entire young core plus 2 first rounders and the Pelicans said no Magic Johnson decided enough was enough and will have to wait on getting another superstar to pair with LeBron until the offseason.

Feb. 5: Anthony Davis to LA in a historic haul of picks?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski for the Pelicans to “even consider” doing a deal with the Lakers for Anthony Davis they want a haul that includes 4!!!!! first and second round picks from the Lakers as part of a bigger package. At this point it is unclear how the Lakers will respond to this reported demand.

Feb. 4: Jabari to LA?!?

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN current Bulls F Jabari Parker could be on the Lakers “within the next few days”. This would involve KCP moving from LA to Chicago which is an interesting move considering the Lakers are looking for shooting to go around LeBron James and possibly Anthony Davis depending what happens with that deal.

Feb. 4: Looks like the Lakers stopped lowballing New Orleans

The Lakers have reportedly offered a huge deal (@BA_Turner) to New Orleans offering up Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, & 2 first round picks for Anthony Davis and Solomon Hill. The Lakers brass is also reportedly still waiting for a response as the Pelicans go over the offer. Solomon Hill carries a big deal, around 12 million for this year and next, so the Lakers are expected to use the stretch provision on him so they can afford another max player this coming offseason. UPDATE: @FletcherWDSU in New Orleans is reporting that the Pelicans are NOT going to take the Lakers new deal because they believe they can get Jayson Tatum this offseason from the Celtics in a trade.

Jan. 31: Pelicans GM is finally answering the phone, and for good reason

According to the LA Times the Lakers have finally spoken to Pelicans GM Dell Demps and has offered them 5 trade scenarios. One of which is a reported crazy deal which involves Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, and a 1st rounder for Anthony Davis and some other Pelicans players to match salaries. This is something to keep a close eye on and we will have you updated on any news on Lineups.com

Jan. 31: Pelicans not taking calls from the Lakers about Davis… yet

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps “has yet to return a call” to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka about Anthony Davis, who requested a trade over the weekend.

“The sluggish response time is perhaps a message that New Orleans places some responsibility onto the Lakers for Davis’ trade request, or perhaps an indication to Davis and his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports that the franchise doesn’t plan to easily acquiesce on a trade request to partner with LeBron James,” Wojnarowski and Lowe reported.

According to Wojnarowski and Lowe, the Pelicans are “prepared to play the long game on Davis’ future,” which suggests he likely won’t be on the move by the NBA’s Feb. 7 trade deadline. It would behoove New Orleans to wait until the summer to trade Davis, as it could see how the NBA draft lottery shakes out before making that franchise-altering move.

However, Davis may poison his own trade market long before then.

“Davis’ plan is to treat any trade destination as a one-year stop—except, of course, the Lakers,” Wojnarowski and Lowe reported. “Teams are learning that Davis’ stated intention will be to play the season elsewhere if traded outside of the Lakers, but move to the Lakers as a free agent in 2020.”

If Davis threatens to leave any team interested in acquiring him, non-Lakers suitors may decrease what they’re willing to offer in exchange. While the Lakers’ best offer on paper comes nowhere close to what the Boston Celtics or Denver Nuggets (among others) could dangle, Davis’ free-agency intentions could even the playing field for L.A.

Either way, it appears as though he’s likely to remain in New Orleans past the trade deadline, setting the stage for an explosive next few months.

Jan. 31: Celtics willing to trade anyone other than Kyrie for the Brow?

According to Wojnarowski, the Pelicans are in no rush to ship Anthony Davis out ahead of the trade deadline, which should be music to the Boston Celtics’ ears.

Until Kyrie Irving signs a new contract, the Celtics cannot trade for Davis, since teams can only have one player on a “Rose Rule” extension acquired via trade at a time. That takes them out of the bidding for Davis until July 1 unless they buy into the “growing belief of uncertainty” (via Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports) that Irving will not re-sign with them and move him ahead of the deadline.

While the Celtics can’t complete a deal now, there’s nothing stopping team president Danny Ainge from encouraging Pelicans general manager Dell Demps to stay patient. According to Woj, the Celtics have “sent a message to the Pelicans: Be patient, wait for us, we are gonna be in this, and we’re gonna be willing to talk about essentially everyone on our roster outside of Kyrie Irving.”

In theory, that includes second-year forward Jayson Tatum, who could be the silver bullet that makes any trade offer from the Los Angeles Lakers dead on arrival. With both Irving and Gordon Hayward sidelined late last season, Tatum averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting in the playoffs, guiding the injury-ravaged Celtics to within one game of the NBA Finals. Although he hasn’t taken a massive leap forward as a sophomore, he’s the type of wing prospect who the Pelicans could sell as their new franchise cornerstone.

The Celtics also could have as many as four first-round picks in June, depending on how the draft lottery shakes out. Beyond their own pick, the Celtics are owed a top-one-protected first-rounder from the Sacramento Kings (if the Kings win the lottery, that pick goes to the Philadelphia 76ers); a top-eight-protected pick from the Memphis Grizzlies (if it doesn’t convey this season, it’ll be top-six-protected in 2019-20 and completely unprotected in 2020-21); and a lottery-protected pick from the Los Angeles Clippers (if it doesn’t convey this year, it’ll be lottery-protected in 2019-20 and then convert into a 2022 second-round pick).

Between Tatum, the draft picks and other young players such as Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, the Celtics have everything the Pelicans should want to jump-start their rebuild. If New Orleans doesn’t want to embrace a full tank, Boston could always offer former All-Star Gordon Hayward, who’s still working his way back into form after suffering a devastating ankle injury in the 2017-18 season opener. Either way, the Celtics should be able to blow any Lakers offer out of the water.

Does Demps believe Ainge’s willingness to include Tatum, Brown and/or multiple first-rounders in trade discussions for Davis? That’ll go a long way toward informing the Pelicans’ approach to Davis negotiations leading up to the trade deadline.

Jan. 30: Sixers interested in Dewayne Dedmon, reluctant to trade Fultz

Since Jimmy Butler made his debut in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform in mid-November, the Sixers have gone 24-12, tied for the fourth-best record in the NBA. The Sixers’ starting five of Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Wilson Chandler is outscoring opponents by 13.8 points per 100 possessions, which would be the NBA’s best teamwide net rating by far.

The Sixers’ bench, however, has been a liability for the second straight year.

Philly’s reserves are chipping in 33.9 points per game, tied for the league’s eighth-worst mark. Neither Mike Muscala nor Amir Johnson are an adequate backup for Embiid, and head coach Brett Brown seems reluctant to lean too heavily upon mistake-prone rookie Jonah Bolden. Corey Brewer, who’s on his second 10-day contract with the Sixers, may be the bench’s best two-way wing, which speaks volumes about Philly’s lack of depth.

To help bolster their bench, the Sixers have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Atlanta Hawks big man Dewayne Dedmon, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com. But to acquire him, they “would likely have to do something they have so far been resistant to, per sources: trading 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz.”

Fultz has played only 33 regular-season games with the Sixers since they selected him with the first overall pick last year, and he remains sidelined as he continues to work his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome, which drastically hampered his shooting stroke. According to Bontemps, Fultz “remains out indefinitely” and “doesn’t appear anywhere close to a return to the court,” which isn’t much help for a Sixers team with its eye on a deep playoff run this season.

Selling this low on Fultz would be a tough sell, especially since Dedmon is on a $7.2 million expiring contract and could flee as a free agent in July. But since the Sixers already shipped Jerryd Bayless to Minnesota in the deal for Butler, they don’t have many hefty contracts to flip as salary ballast. That makes Fultz one of their top trade chips for salary-matching purposes alone.

Since the Hawks have also discussed deals involving third-year forward Taurean Prince, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a trade built around Fultz and Furkan Korkmaz for Dedmon and Prince might make sense for both Philly and Atlanta.

Jan. 28: Anthony Davis requests a trade, won’t re-sign in New Orleans

According to Wojnarowski, Anthony Davis’ agent “has informed the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis won’t sign a contract extension and has requested a trade.”

Come July 1, the Pelicans would be able to offer Davis a five-year supermax extension offer projected to be worth roughly $239.5 million. As such, they initially had no intention of trading him until seeing whether he signed that contract or turned it down.

“No, we’re not trading him,” head coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in late December. “We’re not trading him under any circumstance. You can move on from that one.”

With Davis now having informed the team of his refusal to sign the supermax, that begins the process of his eventual departure from New Orleans. However, it likely would behoove the Pelicans to wait until the offseason before pulling a trigger on any trade.

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Since the Celtics can’t acquire Davis before July 1 unless they trade Irving (due to the Rose rule), they’ll have to sit out trade talks between now and the deadline. However, it’s in the Pelicans’ best interest for the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers (among others) to bid against one another for Davis.

No pupu platter of Lakers prospects—be it Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart—comes close to matching what Boston can put on the table. According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Pelicans would demand at least Ball, Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick from the Lakers, but Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reported the Lakers have been “adamant internally” in recent weeks about their refusal to trade Ball.

Regardless of when the Pelicans do decide to trade Davis, there’ll be an unprecedented bidding war to acquire him. The returns teams have received in recent years for Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler would pale in comparison to the haul the Pelicans should rightly demand for their unibrowed superstar.

In the meantime, Davis’ trade request should shape their approach heading into the trade deadline. Whereas they might have been compelled to act as a buyers in a last-gasp push to convince him to re-sign, the likes of Julius Randle, Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic and E’Twaun Moore may all be on the market as they begin the first steps of a necessary but painful rebuild.

Jan. 26: Thon Maker asks out of Milwaukee

At 35-12, the Milwaukee Bucks have the best record in the NBA heading into Saturday’s action. If not for James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo would be running away with the MVP. Head coach Mike Budenholzer may be the front-runner for Coach of the Year just past the halfway point of the 2018-19 season. Everything should be hunky-dory in Brew City.

However, the agent of third-year big man Thon Maker has reportedly “told management that he would prefer the franchise to trade Maker to a team that would provide a larger role for the former lottery pick,” according to Wojnarowski.

The Bucks selected Maker with the 10th overall pick in 2016, and for a while, he profiled as their center of the future. In February 2017, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck described Maker as the Bucks’ “secret unicorn,” while then-Bucks forward told The Lead that Maker was “gonna be the best 7-foot player in this league” a few weeks earlier.

Maker was always going to be a long-term project, but Antetokounmpo’s rapid development accelerated the Bucks’ timeline for contention. Between that and the offseason arrival of big men Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova, Maker’s minutes fell from 16.7 per game in 2017-18 to only 11.7 this year, and he has yet to start a game this season after starting 46 in his first two years.

According to Wojnarowski, the Bucks still have “strong organizational belief in Maker’s future,” but they have “discussed possible deals with rival teams ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline.”

With Lopez, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon heading into free agency this summer, Milwaukee may view the 2018-19 season as its best chance to make a run to the Finals. If so, trading a project like Maker for a win-now contributor may make sense, even if it isn’t in the best long-term interest of the franchise.

Jan. 25: Lakers willing to trade the kids for a superstar?

With LeBron James sidelined since Christmas Day and Lonzo Ball now out through the All-Star break (if not longer), the Los Angeles Lakers are slipping in the Western Conference playoff race.

Heading into Friday, they were 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the final postseason spot in the West, which may raise the pressure for team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to make a splash ahead of the trade deadline.

According to Bill Oram of The Athletic, the Lakers are pursuing both a blockbuster trade that gives them “a second superstar that makes them a true threat in the Western Conference this season and beyond” or a trade “that shores up the current roster and increases the Lakers’ chances of saving face and making the playoffs. If they choose the former route, it seems as though they’d be willing to part with some combination of Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, per Oram.

The Lakers are “unlikely to take on contracts that extend beyond this season,” according to Oram, as they’ve made no secret of their plans to go star-hunting this summer in free agency. They have a number of expiring contracts—including Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson—that they could dangle for salary-matching purposes, but Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and Josh Hart are their main trade chips.

Unless the New Orleans Pelicans do an about-face and put Anthony Davis on the market unexpectedly, the Lakers don’t figure to drastically overhaul their roster. It’ll be difficult enough for them to pry Davis away from New Orleans this summer even if they have their full complement of young players and future draft picks to offer. If they deplete their war chest for a short-term fix, it could come back to bite them in the long run.

Oram mentioned wings such as Wayne Ellington of the Miami Heat, Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic, Garrett Temple of the Memphis Grizzlies and Trevor Ariza of the Washington Wizards as possible trade targets for L.A.. All four would help this Lakers squad, which is largely devoid of reliable shooters and ranks 28th leaguewide in three-point percentage.

Anyone hoping for major fireworks from the Lakers over the next few weeks may wind up disappointed. But don’t be surprised if they wind up adding an impact reserve via the buyout market after the trade deadline.

Jan. 24: Knicks’ veterans for sale; Enes Kanter wants out

At 10-36, the New York Knicks are barreling toward the draft lottery for the sixth straight season.

As such, it’s reportedly #FiresaleSZN in the Big Apple.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Knicks have made veteran wings Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee “available via trade.” The Knicks’ motivation is “largely financial,” Stein reported, as they’re hoping to clear additional salary-cap space ahead of free agency in July.

Lee is owed $12.75 million in 2019-20, while Hardaway is owed $18.15 next season and has a player option worth nearly $19 million in 2020-21. As such, the Knicks may struggle “to find a trade partner for Hardaway or Lee without attaching an additional asset to the deal, such as future draft compensation or their 2017 first-round pick, Frank Ntilikina,” per Stein.

Veteran center Enes Kanter is likewise on the block, which should be music to the big man’s ears. Following a DNP-CD against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Kanter issued a none-too-subtle ultimatum to the organization while speaking with reporters.

“I want to play basketball,” Kanter said, per Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “If you’re going to play me here, play me. Or if not, then just get me out of here.”

The Knicks reportedly kicked the tires on a Kanter deal with the Sacramento Kings that would net them the expiring contract of Zach Randolph, according to Wojnarowski, but there doesn’t appear to be much movement on that front. The Knicks also had “preliminary discussions” about sending Kanter out in a deal for Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, but “there needed to be a third team to take Kanter.”

Kanter, who’s owed a team-high $18.6 million this season, may not be easy to flip for expiring contracts alone. But given the Knicks’ insistence on keeping their cap sheet clean for a run at Kevin Durant and/or other marquee free agents this summer, a buyout for Kanter seems more likely than them taking back long-term salary for him or any of their veterans.

Jan. 23: Does anyone want a lightly used Otto Porter Jr.?

The Washington Wizards’ 2018-19 season has, um, not quite gone according to plan.

While the Wizards should have been a playoff lock in the humdrum Eastern Conference, injuries and turmoil ravaged them for the first two months of the season. Dwight Howard played only nine games before going under the knife for spinal surgery. Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall is now out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left heel.

Since Wall went down, the Wizards are 7-4, largely because Bradley Beal is going nuclear. Heading into Wednesday, they’re only two games behind the Charlotte Hornets for the No. 8 seed in the East, and team owner Ted Leonsis recently went on record to say Washington will “never, ever tank.”

If the Wizards backslide over the next few weeks, however, it appears as though they’re willing to shake up their core.

According to Charania, the Wizards have “made adamantly clear” that they aren’t trading Beal, but they “could look more aggressively toward moving Otto Porter Jr.” depending on what happens between now and the trade deadline. The Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in Porter Jr., who’s owed $55.7 million over the next two seasons (with a $28.5 million player option in 2020-21), per Charania.

Earlier this season, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks called Porter out, saying (via Fred Katz of The Athletic): “Otto, he has to just keep playing and can’t worry about your shots and worry about your shot-making.” Since returning from a 10-game absence due to a leg injury, Porter has been coming off the bench for the Wizards, and he’s averaging 16.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 triples, 1.7 steals and 1.4 assists in only 27.4 minutes per game.

Porter’s hefty contract may be an impediment if the Wizards do decide to shop him around, as many teams will be reluctant to take on salary beyond this season as they gear up for a run at free agents this summer. Since the Jazz typically aren’t a major free-agent landing spot, they may be more willing to add Porter to their core alongside Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

If the Wizards are hunting salary-cap relief in a Porter trade, the Jazz have the expiring contracts of Derrick Favors or Ricky Rubio to dangle. A one-for-one swap wouldn’t be legal since Porter’s salary dwarfs either of theirs, but Utah could throw in Thabo Sefolosha for salary-matching purposes and either a prospect (Grayson Allen? Tony Bradley?) or a future draft pick to further entice Washington.

Jan. 22: Is the Grit-‘n’-Grind ready to go extinct?

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After a sizzling 12-5 start to the season, the Memphis Grizzlies have gone off the rails.

Following their dispiriting 20-point home loss to the Davis-less Pelicans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Grizzlies were 19-28 on the year. At that time, they were riding a seven-game losing streak and had won only one of their past 13, pushing them down to 14th in the Western Conference.

Will that backslide convince them to break up the last vestiges of the Grit-and-Grind era?

According to Charania, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol met with team owner Robert Pera in mid-January to “discuss the direction of the franchise.” Charania reported “several NBA teams have monitored Gasol’s situation—and possible availability—in Memphis, but the Grizzlies so far this season have stated their desire to compete for a postseason berth with a team built around” the big man and Conley.

They may not be able to stave off that decision for much longer. If Gasol declines his $25.6 million player option for the 2019-20 season, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in July. As such, some around the league believe “Memphis could be moved to explore trading Gasol now rather than face the threat of losing him without compensation,” according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

According to Wojnarowski, they plan on doing just that.

“Memphis ownership and management have decided that they’ve reached an organizational crossroads and are preparing to weigh deal scenarios on one or both of their cornerstone veterans between now and the Feb. 7 trade deadline—and perhaps into the offseason,” Woj reported.

The Grizzlies have long resisted the idea of breaking up the Conley-Gasol tandem, but No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. gives them a building block if they do decide to embrace a rebuild.

If Memphis slips further out of the playoff race, it’d be wise to at least shop Gasol and Conley around and see what teams are willing to give up for them.

Other big-name trade candidates

Dennis Smith Jr., PG (Dallas Mavericks)

Luka Doncic changed everything for the Dallas Mavericks, much to the chagrin of second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

In mid-January, Wojnarowski and ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon reported the Mavericks were “escalaing talks” to trade Smith, “pushing to end a partnership that has run its course for both the franchise and former first-round pick.” Doncic “has pushed Smith off the ball and changed the trajectory of his role with the team,” Woj and MacMahon reported, and head coach Rick Carlisle “has often been frustrated with Smith’s decision-making.”

Smith missed six straight games in mid-January due to a “sore back” and an “illness,” which is likely code for “I’m not risking an injury before you trade me.” However, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Carlisle and Smith had “productive conversations” in a phone call, which led to Smith re-joining the team.

It’d be premature for Dallas to sell low on the 2017 No. 9 overall pick, but it’s fair to wonder whether Smith and Doncic are an optimal long-term fit. Through their first 27 games together, the Mavericks have a net rating of minus-5.0 with both of them sharing the court, but they’re a plus-2.1 with only Doncic.

According to MacMahon, the Mavs ” have been adamant that they won’t trade Smith unless they get good value in return and have not received any offers they consider tempting.”

If Smith wants out of Dallas, he’ll have the next few weeks to audition for any prospective suitors. Keep an eye on the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic, both of whom have reportedly engaged the Mavericks in trade talks, per Wojnarowski.

Other Players Rumored to Be on the Trade Block

Chandler Parsons (Memphis Grizzlies), per Wojnarowski

Kent Bazemore, Dewayne Dedmon and Taurean Prince (Atlanta Hawks), per Charania

Jabari Parker (Chicago Bulls), per Charania

Rodney Hood (Cleveland Cavaliers), per Charania

Marquese Chriss (Houston Rockets), per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports

Stats via NBA.com. All salary information via Basketball Insiders.

Bryan Toporek is a Quality Editor for Bleacher Report who also writes about the NBA for BBALLBREAKDOWN and FanSided and co-hosts The NBA Podcast. Sam Hinkie was right. Follow me on Twitter @btoperek #TrustTheProcess

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