The Dallas Mavericks were silent on draft night. They traded away their first-round selection to acquire Kristaps Porzingis in 2019 and sent their second-rounder to New Orleans back in March. Dallas decided against making a trade on July 29 to get back into the draft.
The blockbuster deal of draft day was the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook. The nine-time All-Star point guard returns home to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The trio of superstars figures to be difficult to defeat in the 2021-2022 campaign.
Los Angeles sacrificed their depth and a 2021 first-round pick to acquire Westbrook. Here is a closer look at the trade and how it will impact the Mavs.
How the Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook impacts the Dallas Mavericks
The trade cannot be finalized until the new league year begins on Aug. 6. That means there is still time to alter it, but here is the reported deal from draft night.
Washington flipped the 22nd overall pick to the Pacers to acquire Aaron Holiday. The Wizards still want to contend. This trade created some additional cap space and allowed them to build the team around Bradley Beal.
The Lakers are dealing with cap issues. Trading for Westbrook means Dennis Schroder is on his way out of Los Angeles, and they have a massive amount of money guaranteed to three players. It will be interesting to see where Schroder lands, and how the Lakers round out their roster.
Here are three ways the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook on draft night.