Dallas Mavericks trade grade: Mavs acquire Josh Richardson
The Dallas Mavericks waited a while, but they did not disappoint fans during the 2020 NBA Draft. They entered with two selections in the top 31. Fans wondered if the Mavs would trade the picks for a veteran that could help them win next season.
The Mavericks brain trust decided to keep the selections. They picked Josh Green at 18 overall and used their second-round choice on Tyrell Terry. Dallas grabbed a secondary creator and shooter in Terry, plus are excited about Green’s 3-and-D potential. The Mavs filled needs with their picks, but they were not done.
Dallas swung a trade for Josh Richardson just minutes after drafting for former Stanford guard. Let us take a look at the deal and give an instant trade reaction.
Grading the Dallas Mavericks trade for Josh Richardson
The Mavs acquired Richardson and the 36th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (which turned into Tyler Bey out of Colorado) from the Philadelphia 76ers for Seth Curry. The trade teams Curry up with his father-in-law Doc Rivers in Philly.
Richardson gives the Mavericks a versatile two-way player. He will be the team’s top perimeter defender next season. The 27-year-old has proven he can handle the ball, make a few plays, and shoot too. Richardson is a fantastic fit next to Luka Doncic and instantly makes the Mavericks better.
Bey was a plus-defender in college with a developing offensive game. The Mavs are excited about his potential.
It hurts losing Seth Curry. The former Maverick is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, but the team improves overall by adding Richardson and Bey.
Grading the Dallas Mavericks trade for Josh Richardson- B+
Fans have heard me clamoring for Dallas to acquire Richardson for months. They finally got their man. Losing Seth Curry was not ideal, which knocks the grade down slightly. Ultimately, the Mavs upgraded their roster on draft night 2020.
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