Mavs open to deals, potentially moving Smith Jr.
The Dallas Mavericks already have a Rookie of the Year candidate in super swingman Luka Doncic, but apparently, they're not ready to stop there.
In fact, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Mavs are "open for business." Sharania wrote that the Mavs are potentially using point guard Dennis Smith Jr. as a trade chip -- something that had been reported previously by other outlets.
That makes sense, as Smith Jr. would likely garner the most in return.
"Of course, a lot of this trade talk is likely just other teams’ GMs posturing for a deal that might never come," Josh Bowe of Mavs Moneyball wrote. "This is the well-trodden cycle and to be honest the Mavericks NOT engaging in talks about what they could get in return for Smith would be them not doing their jobs. But simply doing your job in the NBA is a story now, for better or worse."
Either way, it still remains to be seen if Smith and Doncic are a good fit next to one another. While it may be a bit early for the Mavs to give up on Smith, as Bowe noted, they are also likely doing their due diligence on the 2017 lottery pick.
Smith Jr. has been out with a wrist injury and is considered day-to-day (as of Thursday night). He is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 assists in 21 games.