Mavericks say Dennis Smith Jr is still sick amid trade rumors
Dennis Smith Jr remains “sick” as the Dallas Mavericks explore trade options for the second-year player.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told reporters on Wednesday that Smith is sick and would not be available for the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says Dennis Smith Jr. is "still sick" and not available tonight. Smith tweeted this afternoon about meeting a fan while out for lunch. Carlisle declined to say whether he had talked to Smith.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 16, 2019
Seeing a player miss action amid trade rumors is nothing new. Teams often hold players out of action to avoid injuries while they’re trying to strike a deal.