The Dallas Mavericks were involved in as many trade rumors as anyone in the NBA leading up to Thursday's deadline, and their first trade of the season went down on Thursday morning.
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavs are finalizing a deal to send Richaun Holmes and draft capital to the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Daniel Gafford. Gafford is someone who Dallas has been linked to heading into the deadline, and he fixes one of Dallas' biggest needs. Holmes is someone who Dallas has been shopping, and the Mavs are finally able to get off his contract.
The Mavs' backup center spot has been horrendous. The team has had to rely on rookie Dereck Lively II way too much, and the team takes a big dip every time he is off the floor.
Mavericks finalizing perfect trade to bring Wizards elite defensive center to Dallas
With the addition of Gafford, that will hopefully change.
This season for the Wizards, Gafford is averaging 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game. Gafford has been one of the best rim protectors in the league this season, and adding him to Dallas' bench unit will be massive.
Aside from his ability to anchor the defense, Gafford is also a good rebounder, and he is solid in the pick and roll. While he has the ability to finish at the rim with a lob, Gafford's touch in the paint is also improving. He can finish in the paint with a push shot and is good at scoring on second-chance opportunities.
The Mavs won't miss a beat when Lively II is off the floor, as they now have another player who can protect the rim and catch lobs from Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
It's unclear how much draft capital Dallas is giving up in this trade at this point. If Dallas can pull this trade off by just giving up second-round picks, the Mavs will have pulled off a phenomenal move.
The Mavs are reportedly trying to make a second move with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire the needed draft compensation to complete this trade.
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