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Dallas Mavericks trade grade: Josh Richardson shipped to Boston

Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks grade for sending Josh Richardson to Boston

The Mavs had to clear Richardson’s salary to chase free agents. His playing time decreased significantly in the playoffs and a fresh start was the best solution for both sides. J-Rich wanted to guarantee his $11.6 million salary for next season, so this trade was a win-win.

Dallas receives a trade exception in this deal, but they go to waste often in the NBA. It is difficult to call creating one anything other than a wait and see.

The addition of Moses Brown gives Dallas a talented rebounder, rim protector, and finisher inside on a value contract. He is set to make just $5.5 million total over the next three seasons. The deal is non-guaranteed each year, so the Mavs could move on quickly if things are not working out.

Dallas did not want to take back salary in the deal, but adding Brown was a zero risk move. If the Mavericks need the cap space, some team will quickly trade for him. Otherwise, Dallas will have a young talented big man as bench depth.

Dallas Mavericks grade for sending Josh Richardson to the Celtics: A-

New president of basketball operations and general manager Nico Harrison’s first trade with the Dallas Mavericks turned into a spectacular move. They cleared Josh Richardson off their books and grabbed a young asset in the process. The addition of Moses Brown lifts the grade to an A-minus for the Mavs.

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The Dallas Mavericks are far from done making moves, so keep checking back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.

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