Center upgrade the Dallas Mavericks could trade for before the deadline: 3. Richaun Holmes
Holmes has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, but in three years as the Kings' starting center, he averaged 12.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. Those strong numbers are precisely what the Mavs are looking for as they attempt to upgrade their rebounding and rim protection.
Holmes has virtually slipped out of the rotation since the Kings acquired Domantas Sabonis. He is strictly a five, and Sabonis is eating up the large majority of those minutes with Keegan Murray and Harrison Barnes locking down the power forward spot.
Holmes would give Dallas a solid pick-and-roll partner for Luka Doncic and a strong rebounder that averages over 1.0 block per game for his career in just 20.7 minutes a night.
He is not the perfect fit, but Richaun Holmes would be an upgrade over Dwight Powell. The 6’10 big man wants to prove he is a starting center, and fans can be certain that Holmes would be eager to hit the ground running in Dallas. Would he give the Mavs the defensive upgrade they desire? It would be interesting to see how Holmes played and where he could improve.
Would acquiring Holmes be worth the gamble? That is up for the Mavericks' front office to decide.