REPORT: It would be a major surprise if the Mavs don’t trade Dennis Smith Jr. soon
The backcourt pairing of Smith Jr. and Mavs rookie phenom Luka Doncic hasn’t worked out and Dallas is prepared to move on from the explosive guard they drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
A Mavericks source confirmed to The News that trade discussions have accelerated to the point that it would be a major surprise if a deal isn’t struck. Smith also missed this morning’s practice due to a stomach bug and will be listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game vs. San Antonio.
The source emphasized that neither Smith nor his agent has asked for a trade, but “if something is out there, they wouldn’t be opposed to it. I think this is kind of figuring out what the win-win is.”
The Mavs just lost guard J.J. Barea for the rest of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. The fact that they are still motivated to trade Dennis Smith Jr. shows that this situation has gone south real fast.
In 28 games this season for Dallas, Smith Jr. is averaging 12.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 21-year-old is currently out with a back injury and he has also been dealing with a right wrist injury all season.