Grade the Trade: Executive pitches how Dallas Mavericks could trade for Buddy Hield
The Dallas Mavericks are searching for upgrades before the Feb. 9 trade deadline, and Buddy Hield appears to be readily available. The 30-year-old wing seems to always be on the trade block, and the Mavs have been linked to the sharpshooter for years.
Hield is making $20.5 million this season, and he has $18.6 million guaranteed for next season. He is a career 40.1 percent 3-point shooter that is averaging 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game this season for the Pacers.
Indiana is fielding calls, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus notes the Mavs could be a possible landing spot in his latest rumors piece. The scribe even details a possible deal that an executive mentioned to him. Here is a closer look at the possibility of Dallas landing Hield before going deeper into the hypothetical deal.
Could the Dallas Mavericks trade for Buddy Hield before the deadline?
Indiana is not going out of its way to trade Hield, but they are having conversations. The Pacers acquired him as a part of the Domantas Sabonis for Tyrese Haliburton swap, and he is most likely to be moved in a similar deal before the deadline. Not many teams want Hield as the headliner of a package, but the Lakers continue to be mentioned as a suitor as Hield’s former agent Rob Pelinka is LA’s general manager.
The Pacers would likely be happy to land a draft pick or a young player on a valuable contract plus salary matching in return for Hield. Dallas could certainly meet the asking price, but what would a hypothetical trade look like for both sides?