Dennis Smith Jr. Hasn’t Requested Trade From Mavs

The Mavericks and Dennis Smith Jr. have held positive discussions in recent days, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who also adds that Smith hasn’t requested a trade to this point.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported earlier in the day that Dallas hopes to reconcile and move forward with Smith on the roster, despite shopping the 2017 lottery pick in recent weeks. Teams have yet to give the Mavericks a tempting trade package for Smith, with the 21-year-old expressing interest in moving on from the team and finding a new situation, according to MacMahon.

The fractured relationship between Smith and coach Rick Carlisle is partially to blame for this mess, with team officials characterizing the relationship as a veteran coach being demanding of a young player to ultimately help his development, MacMahon added.

Smith missed the Mavs’ game on Wednesday due to an illness, sitting out the previous three games with what the team listed as a “sore back”. The Mavericks don’t expect him to join them for their two-game road trip against the Pacers on Saturday and Bucks on Monday, MacMahon reports (Twitter link).

Dallas has other contracts that could be used in trades — particularly Wesley Matthews, Salah Mejri and the injured J.J. Barea — but is clearly motivated to keep Smith on the roster and see how the pairing of him and young star Luka Doncic pans out in the longterm.

The NBA’s annual trade deadline falls on Feb. 7 at 3:00 pm ET this season.

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3 thoughts on “Dennis Smith Jr. Hasn’t Requested Trade From Mavs

  1. stevep-4

    Since when did young players get to choose their teams, and since when was it a bad idea to have too many good players?

    Carlisle may have encouraged him to play in a way more compatible with Doncic, but frankly, a good coach uses the talents of the players he has rather than trying to do alchemy with players and make them something they are not and were not when they were drafted.

    • x%sure

      Yeah Charania is doing someone a favor by claiming he never asked for a trade

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