Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades they could make this offseason
By Noah Rubinstein
Trade Dallas Mavericks could make this offseason: 4. Acquire Prince
Taurean Prince was a promising 3-and-D wing for Hawks, but his stats decreased in every category except rebounding this season in Brooklyn. Most notably, his 3-point percentage dropped from 39.0 to 33.9, and his field goal percentage fell from 44.1 to 37.6.
This year, the Nets dealt with a plethora of injuries, and Prince never found a rhythm. Playing in Dallas with Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle could potentially resurrect his career. The Mavericks have helped Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith improve their 3-point percentage, and Prince could be next.
The 6’7 forward would bring defense and toughness to Dallas. Prince gives them strength and athleticism, which they need in the second unit. Prince has the talent to be a primary wing defender. After a down season, could the Mavericks steal him away? What would they have to give up?
The Nets could be willing to move Prince on the cheap. Brooklyn is in win-now mode with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving healthy. To solidify their roster, the Nets are rumored to be looking for a third star. Brooklyn also wants to re-sign Joe Harris but must clear cap space to accomplish both goals.
Taurean Prince is set to make $29 million combined over the next two years, and the Mavs could take that contract off the Nets’ books. It would be a risky move for Dallas, but Brooklyn adding in draft picks could entice them. The Nets would likely need to offer a second-round selection plus a lottery-protected first to peek the Mavericks’ interests.
It is unlikely the Mavs take on money, but if all they need to give up is Justin Jackson, a trade with Brooklyn could be a low-risk, high reward option.
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