Ranking Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay: Would prefer to trade but have a place
After the Christian Wood trade, the two most expendable players on the Mavericks roster were in their playoff rotation. Dallas has two spots to fill in free agency or via trade this summer, but their depth should be improved next season.
2. Dwight Powell
Powell was the team’s starting center all season, but he just does not offer enough. He is set to make $11.8 million next season in the final year of his contract. The Mavericks would love to trade him for a piece that helps them win now, but they have zero need to salary dump him.
Powell can be the team’s reserve center that excels in the pick and roll. He will create open shots for Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, and likely be out of the rotation when the playoffs arrive.
1. Davis Bertans
Bertans played a role off the bench in the postseason and his shooting has gravity. Teams are going to cover the 6’10 forward whenever he is on the court. Bertans struggles on the defensive end of the floor and is significantly overpaid for the postseason role he can play, but he is a useful piece of the roster.
The Dallas Mavericks would prefer to trade Dwight Powell and Davis Bertans for upgrades, but they should be in no rush to move them in the wrong trade. They already made one upgrade and will add another with the taxpayer mid-level exception.
There is no need to waste a draft pick dumping Bertans or Powell when both can play roles next season and a more impactful trade may come available before February’s deadline. Will the Dallas Mavericks make another trade this offseason? Stay tuned to find out.