Report: Mavs optimistic about reconciling with Dennis Smith Jr.

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The Dallas Mavericks are optimistic they can move forward with Dennis Smith Jr., league sources told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

The Mavs want to hold on to the second-year guard unless they receive good value in a potential deal, notes MacMahon.

Smith was drafted ninth overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Mavs but has been subject to trade rumors due to skepticism surrounding his fit alongside rookie phenom Luka Doncic.

The Mavs are scoring 100.9 points per 100 possessions with the duo on the floor, slightly higher than the Chicago Bulls' league-worst mark.

Smith has recently expressed his desire to be traded and is frustrated with his role in the offense, a source told MacMahon. Friction has also reportedly developed between Smith and head coach Rick Carlisle.

Various injuries have kept Smith sidelined, but the 21-year-old has contributed when healthy, averaging 12.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting through 28 games played this season.

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