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In a confirmation of previous speculations, NBA insider Marc Stein has affirmed that the Dallas Mavericks are consistently exploring trade options, with a particular focus on acquiring Kyle Kuzma and his Wizards teammates.

Stein’s Substack report reveals ongoing interest in Kuzma, along with previous pursuits of Wizards center Daniel Gafford and versatile forward Deni Avdija. Both Gafford and Avdija, like Kuzma, are recipients of lucrative contract extensions.

Kuzma has been a standout for the Wizards, showcasing averages of 21.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. With a substantial four-year, $90 million contract, the 26-year-old forward has become a coveted asset in the trade market, although Washington seems hesitant to part ways.

Gafford, the 25-year-old center, is contributing 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game in his first year of a three-year, $40 million contract, enhancing his appeal as a potential trade target.

Avdija, at 23 and in his fourth NBA season, brings versatility to the table with averages of 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Having secured a four-year, $55 million extension starting next season, the Israeli forward adds further intrigue to the Mavericks’ trade considerations.