Rumor: Dennis Smith Jr. to Knicks for Hardaway Jr. & Ntilikina

Dennis Smith Jr.

Getty Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Dennis Smith Jr. is on the trading block and the New York Knicks are rumored to be a team interested in him.

Per a league source: the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks have discussed a deal in which Smith Jr. and Wes Matthews could be traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr. & Frank Ntilikina.

The No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Smith Jr. has fallen out of favor in Dallas because of the emergence of Luka Doncic.

Doncic is playing within the Mavs’ system as a primary ball handler and point forward with Smith playing off the ball and it hasn’t always worked well. Smith is averaging 12 points, nearly 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Per Clutch Points: According to Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News, Smith’s discontent with the organization comes with Doncic’s recent rise to stardom and how the franchise has favored their new player over him, which is reflected in his usage rate (27.2 — ranking 30th in the league).

The Knicks are not the only team interested in Smith. So are the Orlando Magic. 

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: The Dallas Mavericks are “escalating discussions” to try and find a trade for the second-year point guard.

The Phoenix Suns are also reportedly interested according to Woj.

Smith has only played 28 games through the first half of the season.

Per CBS Sports:

For the season, the Mavs’ net rating is minus-five points per 100 possessions in 687 minutes with Doncic and Smith on the court. While in the 659 minutes Doncic has played without Smith, the Mavericks are outscoring their opponents by by 3.1 points per 100 possessions. That’s obviously a huge difference.

Tim Hardaway Jr. on the season is averaging 19.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds a game.

Per Fantasy Pros: His scoring has dropped lately as he has only averaged 13.6 points this month. When he comes back him and Kevin Knox will be the Knick’s best scorers and fantasy options.

 

 

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