Dallas Mavericks are optimistic that they can unite with sentinel Dennis Smith Jr. and insist that they will not trade him unless they get good value back, according to ESPN s Tim MacMahon: ] Mavs has bought Smith 21 throughout the season, but has not received any offers that have tempted them to pull the trigger of trading with a player that the Dallas office still thinks has the potential to evolve into a star, says sources. 19659003] Smith has currently expressed frustration over his role this season:
Smith has recently expressed his hope of acting and is frustrated with his role as Rookie of the Year frontrunner Luka Doncic has taken handled the offense's toes and has had friction with coach Rick Carlisle, sources said.
Several team sources dimmed friction between Smith and Carlisle, characterizing what ac oach is demanding of a young player in the best interest of his development. Smith's poor decision making and his tendency to exaggerate have been sources of frustration for Carlisle, sources say, but such growing pains are typical of young players.
Sources said Carlisle would like to continue coaching Smith.
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Report: Mavs Looking at Commerce Dennis Smith Jr