Dallas Mavericks lose Delon Wright in FanSided’s Expansion Draft

Dallas Mavericks Delon Wright (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Delon Wright (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks lose Delon Wright to Kansas City Burnt Ends in FanSided’s Expansion Draft

The Dallas Mavericks are one of 30 NBA teams right now, but what if the league expanded to 32? Many cities would love to have a team. There are plenty of talented players to go around. Expansion in the NBA is definitely possible.

FanSided ran with that idea as they decided to make two new expansion franchises. The two teams are the Kansas City Burnt Ends and the Seattle Sea Lions. The project features logos, jerseys, an expansion draft, and more. Check it all out here.

Let us take a look at how the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by this hypothetical expansion draft.

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Dallas Mavericks lose Delon Wright in FanSided’s Expansion Draft

First, the Mavs were allowed to protect three players on their current roster. I chose Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Seth Curry. The two stars were obvious. Nobody wants to lose a 21-year-old superstar or a 24-year-old All-Star. The third spot had a plethora of options.

It would hurt losing Dorian Finney-Smith and his incredibly team-friendly contract. The gamble was no team would select him because his stats do not jump off the page. It paid off as Finney-Smith stayed on the roster.

Tim Hardaway Jr. has had his best season with the Mavericks. It was assumed he opted in to his player option for next season, but that was only one year of team control.

That made Seth Curry the obvious choice. The 29-year-old has three years left on his deal after NBA Disney. He is one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters and an important floor spacer that helps Luka Doncic maximize his offensive talents.

Each of the new teams was only allowed to select one player from the Mavs. That means at most, Dallas would lose two players in the expansion draft.

Only Delon Wright was selected, though. The guard moved to the Kansas City Burnt Ends. The Mavericks would miss his defense, length, and versatility.

Losing him frees up some cap space to sign or trade for a replacement, though. The Mavs want to become title contenders. That could mean trading rotation pieces for a third star. Saving Wright’s $9 million salary for next season makes that more possible.

Mavs fans should certainly check out the article on the expansion draft. It was a fantastic idea that could come to the NBA at some point. Two new teams would certainly shake up the league a bit. Everybody loves that.

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