Dallas Mavericks: 5 trade options to scout at NBA Disney

Tyler Watts
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Trade options for Dallas Mavericks to scout at NBA Disney: 4. Gordon Hayward

Hayward would have to opt-in to his player option for next season. The 30-year-old is set to make north of $34 million. That seems like a safe bet given the uncertain nature of the cap because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Celtics also have ball-handlers and wings searching for more minutes. Jayson Tatum is becoming a superstar. They have four-time All-Star Kemba Walker under contract until 2023. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart are capable of taking on more scoring and playmaking responsibilities. Boston could save the cap space while redistributing Hayward’s minutes to others ready for larger roles.

The 30-year-old produced strong numbers after returning from that devastating leg injury last season. Hayward averaged 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 33.4 minutes per game so far this year. He also connected on 39.2 percent of his 189 3-point attempts. Hayward has always had a diverse skill set that blends well on any roster.

The Mavericks will want to scout Hayward to make sure he is fully healthy. His defense is the larger question mark. Would Hayward be able to defend on the perimeter well enough to push the Mavs into the elite tier? It is something to watch for during NBA Orlando.

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