NBA Trade Watch: Top 5 Targets Mavs Could Acquire Using Trade Exception

Trade season is upon us, and the Dallas Mavericks, though reportedly not looking to ship out Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson, harbor a convenient trading tool if the right opportunity presents itself.

Despite Josh Richardson’s underwhelming 2020-2021 campaign, the Dallas front office salvaged the exception deal, at least as much as it could, by acquiring a traded player (TPE) from the Boston Celtics worth $10.9 million.

Although not as thrilling as other potential trade options, combining the TPE and a draft pick from 2027 (CBA rules due to the protections on the Mavs’ 2023 first round pick now owned by the Knicks) and beyond provides Dallas’ front office with a chance to obtain Luka Doncic some help on the margins.


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