The Dallas Mavericks could trade for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder, while the Atlanta Hawks could trade forward Jabari Parker by the trade deadline.
The Mavericks have started the season 14-6 and appear to be on their way to being a contender in the Western Conference.
The team also has plenty of cap space that could be used to bolster the roster.
The limited assets the Mavericks posses means that a blockbuster trade isn’t possible, so Schroder is a more reasonable target for the team, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
Schroder has been a solid contributor for the Thunder this season, averaging 15.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Bringing in someone like Schroder would give the Mavericks another dynamic playmaker that can make an impact as either a starter or reserve and also allow Luka Doncic to work off the ball some more.
In Parker’s case, the Hawks are currently 4.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, so the team will more than likely be active in the trade market.
Rising star Trae Young appears to be the only player that is untouchable and it has been suggested that Parker is the most likely trade candidate, according to Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors.
“Unless they start winning some games soon, they’ll have to consider shopping some veteran players. Although Parker is only 24, the sixth-year forward qualifies as one such veteran,” according to Adams.
This is Parker’s sixth season in the NBA, but the Hawks are already the fourth team he’s played for.
Parker has been one of Atlanta’s best performers this season, averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
He became one of their key players when John Collins was suspended and could become another team’s key player and make an immediate impact if he was in fact traded.