With the trade deadline on Thursday, it looks as though Dallas has its eyes on a few intriguing players. Some of those players include Norman Powell and Evan Fournier who, according to Blecher Report, have piqued Dallas’ interest.

Examining Fournier:

For Orlando, Fournier represents a player who is not of all-star value but commands a high price point once he hits free agency. On the year he is averaging 19.1 points per game and 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. As an expiring contract, there is the threat of him leaving whatever team he is traded to eliminating a large amount of the leverage Orlando needs to flip him for tangible assets going forward.

What would the deal be?

Dallas is willing to swap James Johnson (and his $15 million expiring) and two second-round picks in exchange for Fournier, according to Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated. The move would allow for Dallas to bolster the top-end of its rotation without giving up a treasure chest in assets. And it would also allow for Dallas to possibly convince the Frenchman to resign after the end of this season. The move is low risk and high-rewards, as Dallas would eliminate a low-end rotation piece, and in return receive a near 20-point per game scorer.

Examining Norman Powell:

For Toronto, Powell is a smooth shooting, shot-creating swingman that holds extreme value on the trade market. And Dallas, along with five other teams, are reportedly linked to interest in the forwards skill-set.

On the season Powell is averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 43 percent from three. At $11 million his fit in Dallas is intriguing. Powell is fully expected to decline his player option he has for the last year of his contract prior to the 2021 summer. But he does offer an interesting look for Dallas offensively.

What would the deal be?

No deal has been leaked, but Dallas has shown interest in his services (whatever that may mean). He gives the Mavericks another three-point threat, which in today’s NBA comes at a premium. There is no guarantee that Powell stays at the end of this season, but he is a risk Dallas might be willing to take going forward.

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