Mavericks Rumored to Have Interest in All-Star Wing

The Dallas Mavericks are looking for roster upgrades ahead of the NBA trade deadline. One former All-Star wing is reportedly a target.
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The Dallas Mavericks have been playing well as of late, weathering the storm of Luka Doncic's absence on the back of stellar plays of Kyrie Irving and Tim Hardaway Jr. This helped the Mavs secure the fifth-seed in the Western Conference with a 24-17 record.

However, the West is as competitive as ever with only 2.5 games separating the Mavs and the ninth-place Utah Jazz. In order to avoid the play-in and clinch a playoff berth, Dallas needs roster upgrades at the trade deadline. One of the names that has recently been linked to the Mavericks is Andrew Wiggins.

Mavericks Rumors: Andrew Wiggins is A Trade Target

According to Yahoo Sports senior NBA reporter Jake Fischer, the Dallas Mavericks not only engaged in trying to acquire Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors, but they are also in the market for various other forwards including Wiggins, PJ Washington, and Dorian Finney-Smith.

The Wiggins rumors are particularly intriguing.

After being a key contributor to the Golden State Warriors' 2022 championship when he also got his first and only All-Star nod, Wiggins hasn't been able to replicate that production. His two-way impact as one of the NBA's best three-and-D forwards has been nowhere to be seen over the last two seasons.

In fact, he has been one of the biggest factors in Golden State's struggles as he is having the worst season of his career with career-low numbers across the board including points and assists per game as well as efficiency.

Yet, he is still only 28 years old. He comes with a valuable skill set and championship experience. The Mavs simply don't have a two-way wing who can do the things Wiggins does at his best.

So, without a doubt, Wiggins would be a welcome addition to Dallas. But he has three more seasons in his deal with an annual salary of over $25 million. If he doesn't figure things out soon, this might be a bad contract on Dallas' hands.

The Mavs should only consider trading for him if they don't have to give up valuable assets. If the Warriors want to do a salary dump trade, Dallas should be happy to take Wiggins on. But they should shy away from including any future assets or draft compensation.

Regardless of whether they acquire Wiggins or not, the Mavericks are always a good candidate to make a deep run in the postseason. Dallas currently has the sixth-best odds in the Western Conference to make the Finals at +1500.

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