3. Wizards upgrade roster despite rebuilding
The Washington Wizards have already traded Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis as they enter a rebuild. Despite those moves, lead decision-maker Michael Winger has not been shy in finding pieces that can help them now. From re-signing Kyle Kuzma to acquiring Jordan Poole, the Wizards have added talent to keep them from completely bottoming out.
Could Washington make another move to add to their roster? They have Kuzma and Daniel Gafford in the frontcourt, but trading for Christian Wood could improve the team's revenue and make them a bit more competitive. That is why they pull off this trade.
It costs them Mike Muscala, who was just acquired in the KP trade, and a 2023 second-round draft pick. The Wizards are hoping to be in contention in seven years, which could make that selection in the 50s. It is a small price to pay for a center coming off a season where he averaged 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
This deal nets Dallas a third second-round pick to offer in trades and a 6’10 big man that can space the floor. Consider Muscala the Davis Bertans replacement, but he makes $13.5 million less next season. This is a win for the Dallas Mavericks, but they will hold out for a better deal.