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Mavericks discussing Jeremy Lin sign-and-trade with Lakers, per report

Lin could become the starting point guard in Dallas.

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The Dallas Mavericks are "exploring sign-and-trade possibilities" to land free agent point guard Jeremy Lin from the Los Angeles Lakers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The move would give Dallas a much-needed addition to its backcourt after major losses to free agency this summer.

Lin, 26, would likely get the chance to become a starter with the Mavericks after bouncing around with four different teams during his the first five seasons of his career. He sees Dallas as "the best opportunity to reignite his career," according to Wojnarowski, which largely stems from the opportunities he'd receive on a team whose only other point guards are Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.

The Mavericks have already made their biggest splashes this offseason by signing DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews, so a sign-and-trade may be their best shot at paying Lin a reasonable deal. Their cap space is largely spent and a $2.8 million exception likely will be used to re-sign J.J. Barea, leaving the team to engage L.A. in trade talks if it wants to bring in Lin.

During his fifth NBA season, Lin averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists per game with the Lakers. He's not as strong defensively but might be moving to a team that has Jordan anchoring the post, which would certainly help mask his deficiencies. The two would also be a good fit in the pick-and-roll, as Wojnarowski noted. The Mavericks have already lost Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo, plus several other players, so they need backcourt help one way or another.

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