5. P.J. Washington
Cost to acquire him: First-round pick, rotation piece, salary filler
The more attractive trade asset from the Charlotte Hornets is forward P.J. Washington, and the Dallas Mavericks are a team who have registered interest in him this season.
This season, Washington is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from downtown. Washington is an all-around power forward who would be a great fit in Dallas, and the Mavs have recently emerged as the betting favorites to land him.
As it stands today, Washington has better odds of getting traded to Dallas rather than him remaining in Charlotte, and Mavs fans are buzzing about the possibility of the Mavs landing him. He would be a big upgrade defensively and he would be under contract in Dallas for the next two seasons after this one.
This is important because this perfectly lines up with Dallas' timeline, as Kyrie Irving and potentially Luka Doncic's contracts expire at this point. This would be a great win-now move, but it would also prepare the Mavs for the future and make Washington a building block for the future.
A duo of Dereck Lively II and Washington would be a fun duo down low, and if he is a good fit, the Mavs could become contenders.