The Dallas Mavericks appear to be one of the most active teams seeking a promotion before the NBA’s trading deadline. A common rumor is that Indiana Pacers center Miles Turner is associated with Dallas.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, many NBA executives view the Mavericks as the “favorite” for the Turner acquisition.
Several rival CEOs (assuming Turner’s injury isn’t severe) believe the Mavericks are the favorites for Turner with Powell and one of Vinnie Smith or (Galen) Bronson. Dallas’ willingness to part with Vinnie Smith or Bronson may come down to the expectations of each player’s free agent.
Something to keep in mind here is the health of Turner’s foot. Turner is currently out to get a second opinion on what Pacers calls “footache.”
It seems as though “second opinions” lead to the best results when it comes to injuries. A potential fracture could sideline Turner possibly after the NBA All-Stars break. This can affect the price of his trade.
Turner is under contract until the 2022-23 season, and it can now be argued that it is three seasons with rival teams that understand the Pacers’ need to break up their front area. Does Indiana really want to take that position heading out of the season when he enters a one-year contract?
If the Mavericks’ top priority is to have Turner available for playoff games and they are willing to sacrifice depth in the short term, it’s certainly worth exploring a deal.
It’s harder to find a sub-builder like Jalen Brunson than it is to find a serviceable wing that can make space for land and defense, so perhaps engaging Finney-Smith in a deal is the simpler result of hopping on with the Mavericks going forward.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report recently reported that Pacers coach Rick Carlisle has been Vinnie Smith’s top defender during his time with the Mavericks and could add to his appeal as a commercial option for Indiana State as the team seeks shooting and wing impact.
One concern with moving Finney-Smith is how it could negatively impact the Mavs’ much-improved perimeter defense. A commercial target like Turner is an elite edge protector, though, and will raise the floor of the defensive unit in Dallas.
As with all deals, you have to give something of value to get something of value. We’ll see how the Mavs balance that in the coming weeks.