Dallas Mavericks: A Few Remaining Possible Trades

By Kohl Rast
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Fred VanVleet
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: Fred VanVleet /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 2: Brandan Wright
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 2: Brandan Wright /

Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri for Brandan Wright and James Ennis III

Of all the trades I explored before this post, this one stuck out to me the most. The Memphis Grizzlies let their power forward of the last 8 seasons go in Zach Randolph, and do not have a forward to take his place yet. This trade would give them a power forward with a lot of potential in Dwight Powell, as well as a new backup center to replace the outgoing Brandan Wright.

Wright would be a fun addition for the Mavericks who plays a similar style as Noel and was always fun to watch flying high over the rim. He is a very athletic big who does a few things really well and would be a better backup than Mejri, presumably. James Ennis III is a decent player on a small, short contract as well.

SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 15: James Ennis III /

Memphis would help bolster their front court with this trade, while Dallas would continue their 2018 plans by getting two players who will be off contract by next season. At $6 million a year, Wright is a bargain compared to Powell, and his big contract will no longer be a burden to the Mavs cap space.

This trade would seemingly help both teams as Memphis would get a serviceable, young player to slot in at power forward, while Dallas will continue adding players who will not hurt the financial aspects of the years to come. This would all hinge on Memphis seeing Powell as a key rotation player, something that Mavs fans do not see but many teams around the league may be in on.

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Obviously there are pros and cons to each of these trades, and each one offers something in return that could help Dallas in one way or another. However, it is safe to say that the Mavs won’t have their heads turned too much with any of these offers and will likely stand pat where they are.