Why Patrick Beverley is perfect trade target for Dallas Mavericks: 3. Expiring contract
Mavericks' lead decision-maker Nico Harrison values roster flexibility. He shipped Kristaps Porzingis to Washington at the deadline in part to break his max contract into two smaller and more tradeable deals.
It was also in part why the team did not offer Jalen Brunson an extension until after February’s trade deadline. They wanted to have the flexibility to trade him if a deal for a star player materialized. It never did, and now, the Mavericks lost him for nothing this summer.
Beverley is on a one-year deal worth $13.0 million next season. The Mavs would need to match his salary in a trade, but they would have no further obligations once the 2022-2023 season ends unless Dallas gives him an extension.
Christian Wood is also entering the final season of his contract. If things work out well, the Mavs can sign them to contract extensions, and if they do not, it should be easy to move on. They could even do it before the trade deadline as both expiring deals should be desirable around the league.
Trading for Beverley could help Dallas clean up their cap sheet moving forward. The Jazz are rebuilding, so they should have zero issues taking on an undesirable contract if properly compensated.