Trade Dallas Mavericks should make before the deadline: 3. Grab Redick
The Mavericks produced the highest offensive rating in NBA history last season, but they have slipped to 11th in the league after making some moves in the offseason to try to improve their defense. Dallas has missed the elite shot-making of Seth Curry. They traded him for Josh Richardson and a second-round pick on draft night 2020. The goal was improving their perimeter defense, but the trade-off has not gone as planned.
Acquiring an elite shot-maker is never cheap or easy. The Pelicans have younger guards they want to play as they sit at 17-24 on the season making J.J. Redick available to the highest bidder at the trade deadline.
The Mavericks have the opportunity to both clear up their books and acquire some much-needed shooting. Powell has struggled to return after tearing his Achilles. He is under contract for two more seasons at north of $22 million combined. The Mavs love his leadership, but they add some future cap space and an elite marksman for the stretch run.
Dallas should not trade a first-round pick here. The Pelicans want one, but Redick is currently injured and likely to be bought out if not dealt before March 25. Keeping their first-rounders, while adding Redick is a deal too good for the Dallas Mavericks to pass up.
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