The Mavericks have been linked to Jeremy Lin since the start of free agency. They need a point guard, but after signing Wesley Matthews and DeAndre Jordan, all they have left to work with is the $2.8 million room exception. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that they’re exploring sign-and-trade possibilities with the Lakers to land him.
Sources: Dallas engaging Lakers on sign-and-trade options for free agent Jeremy Lin. Mavs low on space to sign him to market-level deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2015
Lin would be a good fit for the Mavs, a legitimate upgrade over the likes of Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. The problem is that they don’t really have much in the way of assets to give the Lakers in a sign-and-trade. Dwight Powell is making less than $1 million, so including him wouldn’t create much room for a bigger contract for Lin. That’s about it as far as young players, unless they want to give up 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson. This would be an appealing option for the Lakers, but it’s unlikely Dallas will want to do that.