January 17, 2019, 4:30 pmDennis Smith Jr.G, Dallas Mavericks
According to a report from ESPN, the Mavs are optimistic that Dennis Smith Jr. can end the season with the team and that the relationship between player and organization can be reconciled.
Smith has grown frustrated with his role and butted heads with Rick Carlisle, though this report reeks of the Mavs trying to do some damage control amidst lots of trade rumors flying around. Obviously they won't swing a deal unless they feel they're getting good value back for a former lottery pick, but at the moment they're operating from a position of decreased leverage. For what it's worth, it's expected that Carlisle would have no issues continuing to coach Smith. His long-term fit beside Luka Doncic is a much larger factor than anything else.