Dallas Mavericks most likely to be traded this season: 1. Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell played in every game last season, including the Mavs 18 postseason contests on their way to the conference finals. He was just two years removed from an Achilles repair, but that did not stop the 6’10 big man from starting and being one of the best roll men in the league.
The Mavericks signed JaVale McGee for the majority of their mid-level exception this summer, and head coach Jason Kidd immediately named him the starting center over Powell. Dallas has to find minutes for Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, and Christian Wood too, which means DP is likely on the outside of the rotation when everyone is healthy.
Powell is on an $11.0 million expiring contract that will be the perfect salary matcher if a trade pops up. The opposing team just has to pay his salary for the remainder of the season, and he is a fantastic locker-room presence and team-first player.
Consider Dwight Powell the most likely Dallas Maverick to be traded before February’s deadline because of his salary and place in the rotation. The front office would love to deal Davis Bertans, but he has $38 million left on his contract over the next three years. No team wants to take on that long-term money, but every organization will trade for an expiring contract if it helps them reach their goals.
It could be a buyer’s market at the deadline as multiple teams look to sell off pieces to improve their chances of drafting Victor Wembanyama. Will the Dallas Mavericks take advantage? Stay tuned to find out.