Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue on hypothetical trade?: 1. Utah swap
Fivale’s article featured a third trade involving the Mavs. This one came as a surprise. Here is a breakdown of the deal.
The Mavs are not looking to trade Maxi Kleber. He has two years and $18.2 million left on his contract. Assuming Kleber gets back to full strength, he has proven to be a valuable floor spacer and defender for the Mavericks. Dallas is going to have to give to get, though.
Clarkson won Sixth Man of the Year this season. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He is a below-average shooter, but the 29-year-old can get buckets. He scored 17.5 a night in the playoffs. Clarkson would give the Mavericks another capable shot creator.
Favors played a limited role behind Rudy Gobert this season. He scored 1.24 points per possession as a roll man, which ranked in the top 25 percent in the league. Favors also blocked one shot per game in just 15.3 minutes per game.
Verdict: Dallas Mavericks should pursue this move
The Mavericks get a top sixth man, a backup center, and a first-round pick here. Dallas may look to swap that draft choice for another win-now piece. This deal also sends out Josh Richardson. Losing Maxi Kleber would hurt, but the Mavs improve from this trade.
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