Sources: Mavericks discussing sign-and-trade options for Jeremy Lin with Lakers

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The Dallas Mavericks are exploring sign-and-trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jeremy Lin (Getty Images)
Jeremy Lin (Getty Images)

Lin, 26, sees the Mavericks as the best opportunity to reignite his career, especially with a chance to become the starting point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Lin could join a free agent class that already includes center DeAndre Jordan and guard Wes Matthews. The Mavericks have exhausted most of their salary-cap space to sign those players and have only an exception of $2.8 million available if the team doesn't use that to sign free agent J.J. Barea.

Because the Mavericks are low on the necessary salary-cap space and exceptions to sign Lin to a market-level contract, the sign-and-trade could be needed to secure Lin to a deal.

The Mavericks let two guards – Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo – leave in free agency and only declining journeyman Raymond Felton remains on the roster. The Mavericks are bringing back veteran backup J.J. Barea, too.

Lin's proficiency in the pick-and-roll is especially attractive with the commitment of Jordan to play center. Lin averaged 11 points and 4.6 assists in 74 games for the Lakers.