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Getty Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets, who was linked to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks will be scrambling to retool their roster after a failed start to the offseason. Point guard Jalen Brunson chose to sign with the New York Knicks in free agency, ditching the Mavericks in the process and leaving them with a massive hole at the guard position.

With Brunson gone, Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to take over as the second guard in Dallas’ starting lineup alongside Luka Doncic, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking for replacements in free agency and on the trade market.

On July 5, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report suggested a deal that would land Dallas an All-Star guard to pair with Doncic. He wrote a trade proposal that would see the Mavericks trade for Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons.

Here’s the full outline of the trade proposed by Swartz:

Mavericks receive: Ben Simmons

Nets receive: Spencer Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, 2025 1st-Round Pick (Lottery Protected), 2027 1st-Round Pick (Lottery Protected)

Ben Simmons on his Instagram story: “Feeling incredible.”

He’s in Brooklyn.

— Chris Milholen (@CMilholenSB) June 30, 2022

Swartz noted that the combination of Doncic and Simmons would create one of the most intriguing backcourts in the NBA, as well as one of the biggest.

Doncic and Simmons Duo Would Be Intriguing

Adding Simmons would see the Mavericks form a Big 3 of Doncic, Simmons, and Christian Wood. Having that much talent on their roster would help the Mavericks repeat the success they saw last season and help them help Doncic reach new heights in the NBA Playoffs.

“A backcourt of Doncic (6’7″) and Simmons (6’11”) would potentially be the biggest in the NBA, combining two of the best playmakers the league has,” Swartz noted. “If Simmons is healthy, the trio of he, Doncic and Christian Wood is the best Big Three Doncic has ever played with, and this team could be back in the Western Conference Finals with Tim Hardaway Jr. returning from a broken foot as well.”

Teams I could see being interested in Ben Simmons to allow Donovan Mitchell to go to Brooklyn:


— Brendon Kleen (@BrendonKleen14) July 2, 2022

Though Simmons didn’t appear in a game last season, his stats from the 2020-21 season were very impressive. In his last full season, Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.6 steals.

Dallas wouldn’t be giving up much in this deal, especially considering they’d be receiving an All-NBA-caliber player. However, there would definitely be some risk involved, as the Mavericks would be left with just one tradable first-round pick, and Simmons hasn’t stepped on the court in over a year.

However, this would be a great chance to buy low on Simmons, as the Nets could use this deal to help facilitate a Kevin Durant trade.

Why Nets Would Make This Trade

For Brooklyn, selling low on Simmons may be a bit confusing, but in the grand scheme of things, this would help them with their quest to trade Durant. If they deal Simmons, it would open up the doors for them to make a wider variety of trades involving Durant.

“The Nets can trade Kevin Durant for any player on a designated rookie extension now while the Mavericks make up for the loss of Jalen Brunson,” Swartz explained.

Trading Simmons would allow the Nets to trade for players like Bam Adebayo and Donovan Mitchell in a potential Durant trade. Meanwhile, the Mavericks would be taking advantage of the opportunity to trade for a generational defender and potential co-star for Doncic.

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa may sit out preseason opener at Brady-less Bucs; Adam Shaheen trade called off

Both starting quarterbacks in the Miami Dolphins’ preseason opener at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be kept off the field.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel is leaning toward not playing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium while the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady will be away from his team for more than a week to “deal with some personal things,” as Tampa coach Todd Bowles put it to reporters.

McDaniel appears to feel comfortable with how Tagovailoa has performed in two weeks of intrasquad training camp practices and Wednesday’s joint practice against the Buccaneers entering Thursday’s session.

“Based off of the last couple practices, I’m encouraged about the idea of not playing him, but again, that remains to be seen from what happens [Thursday], McDaniel said. “That has nothing to do with bottom-line results offensively. It’s more how prepared he is at practice. I just want to continue to build on what he’s been building on.”

McDaniel has to weigh the benefits of preseason in-game reps with the potential injury risk.

”There is value in it, but every time you don’t have a red jersey on, you have the ability to get tackled,” he said. “That’s risk. There’s a lot of risk in the game of football, but you also have to weigh that upon what’s the best thing for regular season [Week] 1. It’s a constant battle that you just have to take your time and make the best decision hoping it’s the right decision.”

McDaniel added he would be “surprised” if he went the entire exhibition season without giving Tagovailoa in-game reps but is taking it day by day.

McDaniel said he views the preseason as an extension of practice, meant to prepare the team best for the regular season.

Outside of cornerback Byron Jones, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, the Dolphins are mostly healthy entering Saturday.

”There’s certain players I feel pretty confident might not play, but I do not get ahead of myself,” McDaniel said. “I talked to the team this morning about it, and as far as they’re concerned, everyone is expected to be prepared to play, but there will certainly be players that don’t, which [Thursday] will have a big impact on

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady missed Thursday’s joint practice for personal reasons after participating in the first joint session on Wednesday.

Brady will be away from the Bucs through Tampa Bay’s Aug. 20 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.

Shaheen back to Dolphins

Tight end Adam Shaheen failed his physical with the Houston Texans, according to a league source on Thursday.

The trade between the Dolphins and Texans, agreed to on Tuesday, is now off and Shaheen will return to the Dolphins. The teams previously agreed on a deal that sent Shaheen and a seventh-round draft pick to Houston for a sixth-round selection.

Shaheen was flagged for a preexisting knee condition, although he hasn’t missed a day of practice in two-plus weeks of training camp.

Shaheen, after missing the Dolphins’ Wednesday and Thursday joint practices with the Buccaneers, returns to a deep tight end room that includes Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Hunter Long, Cethan Carter and undrafted rookie Tanner Conner. On Miami’s initial depth chart release on Monday, Shaheen was listed as No. 5 at the position, ahead of only Conner, who has been a camp standout, consistently making catches in practice reps with non-starters.


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