NBA trade rumors: Dallas Mavericks going after Joe Johnson and Kevin Martin as they need talent
Merely eight days are left in the trade deadline. But a week may be a long time when it comes to NBA trade rumors. Almost every player is being said to be on trade list right now and bigger the player, more intense the rumors.
As many top of the line players are going to be on the trade list, almost every team is trying to strengthen its bench strength. Latest reports suggest that Dallas Mavericks, like many other teams, are looking forward to put in some size to their back court.
Two players who are said to be their special targets are Kevin Martin of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets. Dirk Nowitzki is nearing retirement, so Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been focussing on stacking up the roster as much as he can to ensure that his star forward gets to leave the NBA as at least a competitor.
Nonetheless there are obstacles too. One of the problems that the Dallas Mavericks are fighting right now is the lack of size on the perimeter. Head coach Rick Carlisle has chosen to put Deron Williams, JJ Barea, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris together because they are the best available options in the rotation. Kevin Martin isn’t actually recognized as a great defender in the NBA but at 6’7″ he is much taller than Deron Williams, JJ Barea, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.
When it comes to Johnson there are some reservations in the team management. Joe Johnson is no longer at his best, and he has never been considered a good NBA defender. However, he is 6’7″, 240 pounds, so he won’t get pressed around by LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He is also in the final year of his massive contract, so the Dallas Mavericks wouldn’t be locked down economically by adding him. The Brooklyn Nets are in great need of a point guard, as clear by their recent chase of Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings. Luckily Dallas Mavericks are well stocked at that position. Presenting one of their point guards not named Deron Williams and a future draft choice might be more than enough to attract the Nets into completing a deal.