Grade the Trade: How Mavericks could pull off a deal for Kyle Kuzma

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Why the Dallas Mavericks would do this trade

The Mavericks are the worst rebounding team in the NBA this season, and they have desperately needed another playmaker since Jalen Brunson departed in free agency. Kuzma is a strong rebounder and gives Dallas the third playmaker they desire. The 6’9 forward is not a standout defender, but he has the size and athletic ability to guard multiple positions.

This season, he is averaging 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 35.2 minutes per game on 45.7 percent shooting from the field and 34.2 percent on his 3-point attempts. Kuzma is only a career 71.9 percent free throw shooter, which is an area the Mavericks struggle too, but it is not often that a team can add a 20-point per-game scorer to their roster.

Is it worth giving up one first-round pick to acquire Kuzma? It is fair value, but it limits the Mavericks' future ability to trade for a second star. That drawback plus giving up Jaden Hardy forces the grade down to a B-minus.

Grade: B-minus

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The Dallas Mavericks are going to be active and aggressive over the next two-plus weeks as they look to improve their roster around Luka Doncic, so stay tuned to see what their front office can pull off.