Mavericks land Warriors' Andrew Wiggins in five-player blockbuster
In this potential trade deadline blockbuster first proposed by James Piercy of nbaanalysis.net, the Mavericks receive Andrew Wiggins for Maxi Kleber and Richaun Holmes in a straight two-for-one swap.
Piercy prefaces that the Warriors would have incentive to do this because Wiggins is having a rough season and Golden State has a lot of money on their books committed across the board. We thought the trade was a little bleak overall though, so we expanded it to be more than just a swap of negative assets between the Mavericks and Warriors in this rendition below.
In this package, Dallas takes a chance on 28-year-old Andrew Wiggins, who is in the first year of a four-year $109 million contract. The Mavericks also get Moses Moody back in the trade, who is an intriguing third-year young wing with two-way potential. The Mavericks part with some substantial frontcourt depth in this trade as well as promising rookie Olivier-Maxence Prosper, but as long as Wiggins makes an impact defensively for Dallas then the Mavericks paid a pretty fair asking price in this trade considering they get a young asset of their own in return as well.
The Warriors have fell into a state of disarray recently at 18-22, and just had their matchup with Dallas on Friday postponed due to the unfortunate passing of their assistant coach Dejan Milojevic. Friday would've been a great dress rehearsal for Wiggins to impress in front of Dallas, but Dallas isn't the only one who should be incentivized to make this trade.
The Warriors desperately need some backup big-man depth, as Kevon Looney and rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis are their only true centers at the moment. In this trade they get two decent backup bigs in Kleber and Holmes, both of whom still have some juice in the tank despite not being in Dallas' rotation often this year due to injuries or other factors. They also get a young flyer of their own in Olivier Maxence-Prosper, as the Mavericks swap two impressive young wings who are both on the outskirts of their respective team's rotations.
The Warriors biggest win is getting off Wiggins' contract though, as he's the odd man out of San Francisco given Golden State's tight salary sheet. Now we'll grade how both teams would fare if they were to go through with the trade.