The Dallas Mavericks had a great draft night back in June as they drafted their potential center of the future in Dereck Lively II, drafted a solid 3-and-D wing in Olivier-Maxence Prosper, and acquired a rotational piece in Richaun Holmes.
Both moves were great, but part of Dallas' initial move with the Oklahoma City Thunder involved them trading Davis Bertans. The Thunder moved up two spots in the draft and took on Bertans' contract as a result.
Bertans' contract was brutal, and Dallas was likely going to move him if they had a chance but getting traded is never easy.
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At the Thunder's media day, Bertans talked about what it was like getting traded from Dallas to Oklahoma City.
"I was back home, sound asleep. 4:00 a.m. for me at that point," Bertans said. "My wife tapped me on the shoulder at 6:00 a.m. and told me I was traded...Couldn’t really process it at the moment. It took a little while. You know, waking up in the middle of the night knowing you’ve got to pack your stuff and get on the road."
Bertans also talked about how easy the move was from Dallas to Oklahoma City and called the Thunder "one of the top class organizations in the NBA."
Last season for Dallas, Bertans averaged 4.6 points per game and shot 39 percent from three. Bertans' role shrunk from the previous season, and it was inevitable that he wasn't a long-term plan for Dallas.
Bertans now has a chance to make an impact for the Thunder, and they could be a team to keep an eye on that could be close to Dallas in the standings. OKC made the Play-In Tournament last year, and Dallas could meet with them once the playoffs roll around.
We'll have you covered with all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.