NBA Trade Rumors: Mavs not to pursue this star if he hits the trade block

Brooklyn Nets trio (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets trio (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Trade Rumors: The Dallas Mavericks are not expected to pursue Ben Simmons if he were to hit the trade block before the deadline.

After losing a key piece to their success during the offseason, the overwhelming thought heading into this season was that the Dallas Mavericks were going to left much to be desired this season. At the very least, they would take somewhat of a step back. Even with the great Luka Doncic leading the way. So much so that many, including myself, believed that an in-season trade was a good bet.

The Mavs would need to pursue another star to return or remain in contention in the Western Conference. That may still be the case but Luka – averaging 34 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists per game – has done a great job in carrying the Mavs thus far.

Still, an in-season trade wouldn’t be a surprise for the Mavs. And knowing Dallas, they always like to swing for the fences. But according to a recent report, one swing for the fence that they’re not expected to pursue is one for Ben Simmons – who, because of the underwhelming play of the Brooklyn Nets (and himself) – could find his way to the trade block.

The Dallas Mavericks were linked as a potential landing spot for Ben Simmons

Previously, the Mavs were mentioned as a team to watch in the event that Simmons would hit the trade block. And while it would make sense to a certain extent – considering that the Mavs need to find another star to place next to Luka Doncic – I’m not sure he would’ve been the best fit for what this team needs.

And now we have some confirmation that, at least for now, it doesn’t appear that Dallas would have an interest in making a move for Simmons. Could that change if Simmons begins to play better or if he shows more promise, sure? But right now, he hasn’t shown much of that during the first few weeks of his tenure with the Nets.

Interestingly enough, the Mavs have been fairly good this season without Jalen Brunson. Even though that has a lot more to do with the fact that Luka has gotten off to an insanely good start, it’s something to monitor.

At this point, I don’t think Dallas has to make an in-season move. Before the season, I believed they needed to. However, for now, that has changed. Maybe they begin to sputter or hit a rough patch and that changes. For now, they seem to be OK.

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Even if it does, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Simmons won’t be on the Mavs’ radar.