The Dallas Mavericks are casting a wide net ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. The rumors are flying hot and heavy because GM Donnie Nelson and the front office are working the phones and gauging other team’s assets. Coach Rick Carlisle noted he does not see the Mavs making a splash before the deadline. That does not mean they cannot pull off a deal if it improves their roster.
Dallas is light on tradeable draft picks, which limits their market. They do not have the capital to acquire a star player. The Mavericks cannot trade a first-round pick until 2025 and lacks the young talent that would entice the opposition to move an All-Star. Their market is likely limited to expiring contracts and buying low on veterans.
Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype reported the Mavericks are interested in Richaun Holmes in his latest rumors piece. The Kings’ big man is in the middle of a career-year and on an expiring contract. Should the Mavs acquire Holmes?
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Richaun Holmes
The 6’10 big man would solve the Mavs rebounding and rim protection woes. Holmes averages 13.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.2 minutes per game on the season. The Kings are already 3.5 games out of the play-in, so expect them to be sellers at the deadline. Unless they plan on handing Holmes a lucrative deal in the offseason, Sacramento should trade the 27-year-old to get value back in return.
Holmes could thrive as a roll man and rim protector in Dallas. The Mavericks would have to play the matchups and finds ways to make the fit work with Kristaps Porzingis in the frontcourt, but Holmes would be an upgrade.
Do not expect to see the Dallas Mavericks acquire Richaun Holmes before the trade deadline. They need help on the wing from someone capable of handling the ball and making plays. Stay tuned to see if the Mavs make a move before March 25 at 2 p.m. CT.