The NBA exploded overnight when the Los Angeles Clippers went from non-existent to potential favorites to win the NBA title this upcoming season. How do the acquisitions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George affect the Dallas Mavericks?
I’ve never been in a war zone, but I was still awake, minding my own business last night when Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania, Chris Haynes and Marc Stein started lobbing bombs into my home through my iPhone at 1:00 in the morning. Needless to say, the Dallas Mavericks name was not mentioned in the best light during this onslaught.
For those who don’t know yet, the Los Angeles Clippers made perhaps the biggest blockbuster deal I have ever seen when they sent 7 future first round draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in exchange for Paul George. This was announced just seconds after Kawhi Leonard agreed to a deal with the Clippers.
In a matter of hours, the Clippers managed to acquire two of the five best two-way players in the league, and it all happened in silence so that no one would upset Kawhi. George went from seemingly happy in OKC with Russell Westbrook to demanding a trade and being gone in a matter of hours.
It is impossible to fault the Thunder for this move, who now have an incredible foundation to build on going forward. The Clippers finally see their window open towards a title and they did not hesitate.
All of this craziness leaves one team sitting pretty and four teams left to pick up the pieces: the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder…and the Dallas Mavericks?
Sadly, the Mavs were waiting on this final big piece to fall in free agency so they could learn where Danny Green would be playing next year. He will be playing in Los Angeles, but in different colors from his dear friend that he hasn’t communicated with in a week, Kawhi. The Lakers got the consolation prize, but the Mavs are left with nothing but a big bag of cash.
What does this trade mean for the Mavericks?