The Dallas Mavericks are exploring ways to improve their roster this offseason. They have cap space and need to give Luka Doncic more support. The Mavs traded Josh Richardson to the Celtics for Moses Brown and the opportunity to clear about $10 million in cap space. Dallas has its sights set on landing a marquee free agent and re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. this summer.
The Mavericks may need to clear more room to sign both players. Their quickest avenue would be sending out more money in a salary dump. Dallas has 11 players under contract after exercising Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option, so shipping a few out clears additional room for upgrades.
According to Bleacher Reporter’s Jake Fischer, the Mavericks are exploring Dwight Powell trade scenarios. The 30-year-old big man barely played in the playoffs and has two years and $22.8 million left on his contract. Here is a closer look at why a Powell trade makes sense for the Mavs.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks exploring Dwight Powell trades
The Mavericks added a big man in the Richardson trade. They also brought back Willie Cauley-Stein and are expecting to re-sign Boban Marjanovic. Having four centers on the roster when Kristaps Porzingis will play significant minutes at the position makes little sense. Dallas should be looking to trade away at least one big man.
Powell is the logical choice because of his salary and lack of playoff impact. The Dallas Mavericks want to jump into title contention, and DP is unlikely to play a significant role in a postseason run. The organization should be looking to clear space and Powell to add someone that can impact a playoff series.
The Dallas Mavericks are far from done making moves. There will be fresh faces on the roster next season. Stay tuned to find out who, and keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for analysis on every transaction.