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Grading Bleacher Report’s latest hypothetical trades involving the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Collin Sexton
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Dallas Mavericks, Collin Sexton
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Grading Bleacher Report’s trade featuring Dallas Mavericks: 3. Get Sexton

Mavs fans have been clamoring for the team to find a way to acquire Collin Sexton. The 23-year-old averaged 24.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 35.3 minutes per game during the 2020-2021 season. Last year, a torn meniscus limited the 23-year-old to just 11 games.

Acquiring Sexton is more complicated than fans think. Here is the sign-and-trade Bleacher Report proposed the Mavericks pull off.

Dallas Mavericks acquire: Collin Sexton

Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Reggie Bullock, Dwight Powell, First round pick

First, this trade gets held up by the base year compensation rule, which means only 50 percent of his new salary counts for matching purposes for the Cavaliers, but 100 percent of it counts for Dallas. The rule makes matching salaries difficult. Sexton wants $20 million per season, so the Cavaliers could only take back $10 million in salary for matching purposes, but Dallas would need to trade away $20 million. The deal would likely need a third team or additional players as both teams are over the cap.

Acquiring Sexton in a sign-and-trade hard caps the Mavericks, which means they cannot spend more than $150.267 million on their roster this season. They currently have $163 million in payroll, so if Dallas acquires Sexton at $20 million per season, they would need to shred $33 million in salary before opening night.

Grade for Bleacher Report’s hypothetical Dallas Mavericks trade for Collin Sexton: D-

Credit to Bleacher Report for trying to make this work, but it would be an extremely difficult move for Dallas to pull off. They would need to get rid of Davis Bertans in a separate deal, and dumping him would cost the Mavericks a first-round pick. Collin Sexton is not worth two first-round picks, plus a key piece of the Mavs rotation in Reggie Bullock.

The Dallas Mavericks are not going to be the team that acquires Collin Sexton, but the 23-year-old restricted free agent will find a contract before training camp.