The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are discussing sign-and-trade options that would send Jeremy Lin to the Mavericks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Mavericks have been interested in landing Lin, but their current cap situation makes signing him at market value an obstacle. The Lakers have been active in trade negotiations, landing Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers and reportedly shopping players to create cap space before free agency officially began.
The Mavericks have few assets to offer the Lakers, however, which makes this a difficult scenario to project. Dallas was also reportedly angling their way to acquire Hibbert as a backup plan for DeAndre Jordan in a sign-and-trade deal with Monta Ellis. Los Angeles is interested in shedding additional salary as part of their deal to with Indiana, and the Mavericks are interested in trading for Lin, which means the Pacers could come in as a third team as all sides square things away. The Lakers could still send a player to Indiana prior to finalizing the Hibbert trade, according to Wojnarowski.
Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers' front office have proven to be exceptional at using trades to bolster the roster and may have another opportunity in front of them to do so. They could also simply do some roster cleanup if they dump a player to the Pacers, with Dallas sending some type of low-tier asset while signing Lin to make the deal work for all sides.
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