Luka Doncic & Dennis Smith Jr.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mavs Gauging Trade Market For Dennis Smith Jr.

December 25, 2018 - 12:51 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Front-office executives around the league are expecting the Mavericks to eventually move sophmore guard Dennis Smith Jr. due to the play of rookie Luka Doncic, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. 

"The instant emergence of the Dallas rookie Luka Doncic, combined with longstanding skepticism about Smith’s ability to flourish alongside Doncic in an off-the-ball capacity, has spawned the expectation among many executives that Smith will eventually be moved," Stein wrote.

A short time later, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported that Dallas was exploring the trade market for the sophmore guard. 

"(Marc Stein) mentions expectation among execs around the league that Dennis Smith Jr. will eventually be moved. Mavs tell Steiny that they aren't shopping Smith, but that's semantics. Execs from other teams tell me that Mavs are at least gauging market for their 2017 lotto pick."

MacMahon added that Smith's lingering wrist injury isn't helping the Mavs evaluate his trade market or his ability to co-exist with rookie Donic. 

Smith has played in only one of the Mavs' last ten games with an injured wrist.