Dallas searching for Dennis Smith Jr. trades involving Wesley Matthews
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Mavericks have been in talks with the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic — two teams who are in search of a point guard. In the report, the Mavericks are also looking to include Wesley Matthews in a potential deal.
“Dallas has also searched for deals that would include veteran Wes Matthews, who is making $18.6 million in the final year of his contract, league sources said.”
Trade rumors involving Smith started upon the rise of Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic. While the two get along very well off the court, statistics reveal that a Smih-Doncic duo in the backcourt has yielded minimal results. They only average 100.9 points per 100 possessions in 687 minutes this season. By comparison, Doncic-Jalen Brunson combo averaged 106.9 in 328 minutes, while Doncic-J.J. Barea was 112.6 in 232 minutes.
The move signifies that the Mavericks are looking to move on with Doncic in place as their future franchise player. The 19-year-old is averaging 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game this year. While there’s no denying Smith’s talent, it’s pretty apparent that Doncic — who’ll likely win this year’s top rookie award — has more promise and potential.