Dallas Mavericks sign-and-trade for Kawhi Leonard
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor rumored the Mavs as one of three teams with the best odds to lure Kawhi away from the Clippers. Acquiring him would be part of any dream offseason for Dallas supporters.
Completing a sign-and-trade for Kawhi would hard cap the Mavericks for the entire 2021-2022 season, but they would still have room to operate. Here is a look at the proposed deal.
Dallas gives away every draft pick imaginable to land Kawhi on a new four-year max contract. It gives the Mavericks arguably the best duo in the NBA and sets them up to contend for the title in 2022 and beyond.
Kawhi is one of the best two-way players in the league. The Mavericks need to improve their defense and must have someone that can take the ball out of Luka’s hands. Leonard gives them that and a second top ten player.
By making it a sign-and-trade, the Mavs keep cap space open to round out their roster. They would have eight players under contract after the move with just over $76.4 million committed in salaries. It opens the door for the Mavericks to acquire a third star before being over the salary cap, and they do just that.
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