Dallas Takes on Coach Rick Carlisle; Behind-the-Scenes Mavs and Pacers NBA Trade Talks?

When attempting to negotiate trades, sometimes it helps to have those talks in person instead of just over a phone call. We saw a prime example of this three years ago when the Dallas Mavericks made a trade with the New York Knicks for Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas played in New York the night before, and former point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who was a key piece in the trade, posted an impressive triple-double in a Mavs win.

The Mavs take on the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in what will be Rick Carlisle’s first game coaching against his former team. Although it’s hard to envision a lot of pregame or postgame hugging going on between Carlisle and this current Dallas roster, the Mavs are planning to give their only championship head coach a well-deserved video tribute at American Airlines Center.


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