ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon reported Monday that the Mavericks are escalating trade talks involving Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in 2017. That's no surprise given the questionable fit between Smith and this year's heralded Dallas rookie, Luka Doncic, who has taken over lead ballhandling duties as he has emerged as the heavy favorite for Rookie of the Year.
With Doncic and Smith having played 28 games together, have the Mavericks had enough time for proper evaluation? And is there an opportunity for another team to buy low on Smith? Let's take a look at the answers to those questions.