The Dallas Mavericks lost Jalen Brunson this offseason, and they failed to replace him. The 6’1 guard had a breakout fourth NBA season where he became the team’s second-leading scorer, but a four-year offer worth north of $100 million to join his father in New York was just too good to pass up.
Losing JB and getting zero in return hurt. The Mavs have done nothing to address the ball-handling void it left on the team. They were best with two playmakers on the floor last season, but Dallas only has two on the roster after Brunson’s departure. It is an area they will need to address if they plan on making another deep playoff run in 2023.
Bleacher Report proposed trades for every team before training camp kicks off, and they had the Mavericks acquiring Kemba Walker. Here is a look at the proposed deal before diving into why the move would be disastrous for the Mavericks.
Why trading for Kemba Walker would be a disaster for the Dallas Mavericks
B/R rightfully noted the Mavericks' need for a ball-handler, and Dallas is not eager to part with first-round picks because they have the opportunity to control all of their first-rounders after the 2023 draft, which could open up a larger deal next summer. Here is the proposed deal by Bleacher Report.
Dallas Mavericks acquire: Kemba Walker
Detroit Pistons receive: Dwight Powell and 2025 second-round pick
The Mavs have traded away their second-round picks in 2023, 2024, 2026, and 2028, so they only have three available to shop.
Should they give up one to acquire the former All-Star? It sounds like a low-risk gamble on a talented player, but here are three reasons why the Dallas Mavericks should avoid trading for Kemba Walker.