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Mavs Willing To Move Harrison Barnes & Dwight Powell In Salary Dump Before Trade Deadline

February 05, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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By Josh Clark and Mike Fisher

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - After acquiring Kristaps Porzingis to pair with budding superstar Luka Doncic last week, the Dallas Mavericks have their sights set on financial flexibility this offseason. 

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Dallas is willing to take back expiring contracts in return for Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell. Both Barnes ($25 million) and Powell ($10.2 million) have player options for 2020.

"Expirings and a bag of beans,'' as Fish termed it today on the "G-Bag Nation'' show.

Dallas filled up their cap space by taking on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee's contracts in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews' expiring contracts in the deal (which also included Dennis Smith Jr.) that netted them Porzingis. 

Fish reported on Sunday that Dallas should expect to receive calls from at least two teams inquiring about Barnes and/or Powell. One team connected to Barnes has been the Sacramento Kings, who are flush with cap space and have an outside shot at making the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference. 

One scenario that could work would have Dallas send Barnes to the Kings for the expiring contracts of Iman Shumpert and Zach Randolph. There are several other scenarios at play that Dallas could use to get what they want most - cap relief. Might they be able to be the third team in a bigger deal that sees them send Barnes to another team in exchange for expiring deals? Does Powell have value to a young team such as Orlando, as Fish notes?

We'll know more by Thursday's 2 p.m. CT trade deadline. But one thing is clear - Dallas has two of thirds of their aspiring "super team'' intact for next season (barring an upset in the Porzingis contract negotiations) and for years to come.