Smith has fallen out of the mix in Dallas due to his injury history and the emergence of rookie Luka Doncic this season.
Smith, 21, has a promising rookie season, in which he posted 15.2 PPG and 5.2 APG for Dallas in 69 games for the Mavericks.
Smith has been limited to only 3 games in Decembers due to a wrist injury.
Per Stein’s report, the Mavericks are “at least gauging [the] market” for Smith and are “plotting” to build their roster around Doncic.
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Believes He Has Exceeded Expectations
Rookie of the Year frontrunner and Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic is wowing everyone with his rookie season. Even himself.
Doncic believes that he is playing better than many expected him to as he transitioned to the NBA from the EuroLeague, where he was named their MVP.
“I played professionally with a lot of good European players. So, yeah,” Doncic said of his transition to the NBA, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.
“It’s just basketball. I want to enjoy it. I think I’ve played better than expected. I’m happy about it, but this keeps going.”
Doncic has posted 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season for Dallas.
Mavericks, Hornets Interested in Cavs’ Kevin Love
Love signed a four-year, $120 million deal with Cleveland last season, adding some financial difficulties to trading him.
However, Love, 30, is drawing interest, as teams covet his scoring and rebounding abilities.
Mavericks Exploring Trade Market
The Dallas Mavericks appear to be scouring the trade market to provide a boost to their roster, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein during an appearance on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons’ podcast.
The Mavericks are reportedly looking to the trade market and could be eyeing a potential deal with the New York Knicks, as Simmons proposed a deal that would send Wesley Matthews from Dallas to New York in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
“They are looking, and they want to do something” Stein said. “There is no question about that. [Mavericks general manager] Donnie Nelson is always active, and so they’ve got chips. I don’t think it has materialized [in terms of] what is out there yet. We’re not even at December 15, but they’re always on the lookout to do something.”
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