Grading Bleacher Report’s trade featuring Dallas Mavericks: 1. Trade for Matisse
The Mavs were interested in Matisse Thybulle earlier this summer. They had an expiring trade exception, but they could not get a deal worked out with the Sixers.
Could Dallas still acquire him? Bleacher Report thinks so.
Dallas Mavericks receive: Matisse Thybulle, Furkan Korkmaz, 1st round pick
Philadelphia 76ers acquire: Reggie Bullock
Making this trade would be solely based on the next deal for Dallas. What could they turn that first-round pick into? If the Mavericks can trade three firsts and three swaps for a star player, this deal makes a lot of sense. Otherwise, this would be Dallas taking a short-term step backward.
Grade for Bleacher Report’s hypothetical Dallas Mavericks trade for Matisse Thybulle: C-
Thybulle is an elite defense, but there is a reason he averaged just 25.5 minutes per game last season. His offensive game is lacking, and the Mavericks want to win now. They cannot afford to trade away a key talent like Reggie Bullock unless they can acquire one in another deal.
This trade is not laughable. Both sides would have some interest in this deal, but Dallas just cannot do it. The Mavericks earned a C-minus in this hypothetical swap, and they are not trading away Reggie Bullock unless it is to acquire a star.
The Dallas Mavericks will keep searching for trades. Will they find one before opening night? Stay tuned to find out.