Houston Rockets P.J. Tucker trade destination #4: Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks were a preseason dark horse candidate to reach the NBA Finals. After 21 games and an 8-13 record, they’re in for a dog fight just to reach the playoffs.
There are some mitigating factors to their slow start that range from injury and Covid related absences, but those 13 losses count and have dramatically shrunk their margin for error. Last season, the Mavericks gashed teams to the league’s most efficient offense but have completely fallen off of a cliff this season and currently reside in 20th.
P.J. Tucker won’t solve all of their problems but he can come in and sure-up one of their greatest weaknesses, the corner three. For the season, the Mavericks have hit 31.9-percent of their corner threes, the second-worst mark in the league and well below the league average of 40-percent.
Insert P.J. Tucker and his 42.9-percent shooting on the corner ball and suddenly the Mavericks offense might finally begin to look average. The Mavericks would have to dig deep to make a trade work as their salary cap situation means they would have to offload the $7.8 million in salary that would be coming in.
The Mavericks aren’t in a position where Tucker is a luxury piece like he would be for the Sixers, he is a player that they desperately need to try and rescue their season. A third team might be needed to make the deal work but the Mavericks should be highly motivated to see it through.
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