With the NBA trade deadline less than a month away, the Dallas Mavericks are playing some of the best basketball they've played in years. Not only is this good for Dallas in the Western Conference standings, but it's also good for the perceived trade value of various players on the roster.
The Mavs might not have enough in the trade asset department to truly get in on the Ben Simmons sweepstakes, given Philadelphia 76ers general manager Daryl Morey's high demands, but according to a report by Sky Sports' Mo Mooncey, Dallas is one of the two places Simmons would like to end up at if he is eventually traded.
Per a source in Simmons camp: his preferred teams in the West are Dallas and (Golden State). He realises GSW is highly unlikely and thinks Philly’s asking price is too steep. (Simmons) fears the 76ers may not trade him at all. - Mooncey via Twitter
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Again, though, the 76ers' asking price for Simmons has been well out of the Mavs' budget so far, unless Morey likes what he's seen from Kristaps Porzingis, who has played at an All-Star level this year.
If Philadelphia doesn’t break down at the trade deadline, there's a good chance Simmons might be staying where he's at for at least another six months.