Dallas Mavericks with the most trade value: 5. Maxi Kleber
Kleber was bitten by the injury bug last season. He missed over two weeks in the health and safety protocols before an Achilles injury impacted his production down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Despite playing in only 50 games, the 29-year-old big man had one of the best seasons of his career. He shot a career-high 41.0 percent from 3-point range and played over 26 minutes per game for the first time in the NBA. Kleber finished tied for 80th in FiveThirtyEight’s Defensive RAPTOR as he continued to make a significant impact on that end of the floor.
The 29-year-old is under contract for two more seasons at $18.2 million combined. If the Mavs made him available, teams would be lining up to acquire a stretch four that can protect the rim at just over $9 million per season. Kleber is the 30th highest paid power forward by average annual value, according to Spotrac.
Kleber is the perfect role player for any contending team. He plays above-average defense, does not command the ball, can knock down open shots, and never tries to do too much. The 6’10 big man will be an important piece for the Dallas Mavericks next season, especially if they face Kawhi Leonard or LeBron James in the playoffs.