Regrading Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison’s trade for Spencer Dinwiddie
Harrison made a bold and surprising move at last season’s trade deadline as he traded away Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavs acquired the Unicorn thinking he would be the perfect second star to pair with Luka Doncic, but it never worked out. Porzingis struggled to stay on the floor, and things never quite worked out when he did.
KP’s max contract and injury history squashed his value, but the Mavs managed to pull off this trade.
Dallas Mavericks acquire: Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans
Washington Wizards land: Kristaps Porzingis, 2022 second-round pick (Yannick Nzosa)
Dinwiddie struggled during his time in Washington and Bertans is on one of the worst contracts in the NBA, but this move propelled Dallas into the conference finals. The 6’5 guard gave the Mavericks a third ball-handler, and it helped unlock their offense. Dallas also had a more switchable defense that carried them in the postseason.
Dallas Mavericks regrade of Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie deal: A
The Mavs do not reach the conference finals without Dinwiddie. They also got off of KP’s contract and created some future flexibility in their pursuit of another star. Bertans played a role in the playoffs, and the second-round pick turned into an overseas stash player.
Nico Harrison did a masterful job figuring out what the team needed and acquiring it before the trade deadline, which earns him an A grade for this bold deal.