Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, dribbles against Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NBA Trade Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Now In The Josh Smith Sweepstakes?

Add the Dallas Mavericks to the laundry list of teams hoping to win the Josh Smith sweepstakes.

According to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, “Ferry is shopping Smith hard, and was in Houston for the weekend. Two teams to watch, according to league executives: Dallas and Phoenix.”

Dallas has a better shot at landing Smith than Phoenix does, mainly because Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki and Phoenix has no one. Add to the fact that the Mavericks are in a hurry to retool on the fly after hearing from Nowitzki earlier this season that “you don’t want to build your franchise on hope,” and you have a recipe for a serious trade possibility.

The Mavs could offer Atlanta a package built around a first-round draft pick and the expiring contract of veteran center Chris Kaman. They would also need to add a throw-in player, such as Darren Collison, Rodrigue Beaubois or Dahty Jones, to make the deal work money wise.

A team that puts out a front court lineup featuring Nowitzki, Smith and Shawn Marion, along with Vince Carter and O.J. Mayo in the back court could definitely be something that gives the Dallas franchise, and fans, hope.

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