New Dallas Mavericks that could be gone by trade deadline: 3. Sterling Brown
The Mavs wanted Sterling Brown and rumors were leaking out days before free agency opened that the two sides would agree to a deal. They gave him a two-year contract worth $6 million total meaning he is making more than the minimum.
Brown showcased his strong 3-point shooting and rebounding ability last season with the Houston Rockets. It was the 26-year-old’s first opportunity to play more than 18 minutes per game, and he took full advantage. Brown’s 3-point shooting could skyrocket with Luka Doncic feeding him the ball in Dallas.
If things are not working out, the Mavericks could move on before the trade deadline. At $3 million per season, it is an easy contract to attach in a deal to help even out the salaries.
Brown must prove his 40-plus percent 3-point shooting is no fluke. He will be battling with 2020 first-round pick Josh Green for rotation minutes on the wing. The Dallas Mavericks have Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, and Dorian Finney-Smith ahead of those two for playing time, so it could be Green versus Brown to see who plays and who does not. If the second-year wing wins the battle, Sterling Brown could be dealt before the trade deadline.