5 trades for Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center

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Trade for Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center: 5. Target Holmes

The Sacramento Kings traded for Domantas Sabonis at the deadline, and they have a new head coach. The Kings are invested in maximizing the pairing of De’Aaron Fox and Sabonis, which likely means trading away Richaun Holmes this offseason.

Bleacher Report went through one hypothetical trade for all 28 teams that failed to reach the NBA Finals, and they offered up this one for the Mavericks and Kings.

Mavericks receive: Richaun Holmes

Kings receive: Dwight Powell, 2022 26th overall pick, 2024 second-round pick

Dallas cannot trade their draft pick this year because of the Stepien Rule, so this move would have to be made on draft night with the Mavericks selecting the player the Sacramento Kings want at 26th overall.

This deal would give Dallas a clear upgrade at the five. Holmes took a step back in his playing time this year, but he averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game during the 2020-2021 season. Holmes also rates as above average roll man that would only improve playing off Luka Doncic.

Richaun Holmes checks all the boxes the Mavs are looking for in their starting center. He rebounds well, protects the rim, and is a plus roll man. The 28-year-old does not space the floor, but the Mavericks can use him as their starting center during the regular season and adjust in the playoffs if necessary.

Expect Holmes to be on the trade block this summer, and it will be interesting to see if the Dallas Mavericks can land the 6’10 big man.