Grading the trade for the Dallas Mavericks
This trade is all about the upside for the Dallas Mavericks. But, it's not like the Mavs are giving up multiple assets for a young superstar either.
In this hypothetical trade, Dallas only gives up Maxi Kleber and a future second-round pick for James Wiseman. As it's been discussed, Kleber looks to be on the decline. He's failed to remain healthy and his counting stats have decreased in recent seasons.
It's been four years since Kleber shot above 35 percent from three. No longer is he the viable 3-and-D threat he once was. While Kleber can still shoot the three-ball, he cannot be relied on as a knockdown shooter at this stage in his career.
Acquiring Wiseman is a low-risk, high-reward investment. He's young enough that he still oozes potential, and his contract runs out after this season. If he plays well, a future contract will be under consideration. If the experiment fails, so what, Kleber's contract is off the books.
Shipping out a future second-round pick may seem like the bigger loss, as Dallas is light on draft picks. Over the next five seasons, Dallas only owns four first-rounders and a single second-rounder.
Despite the lack of draft assets, the Mavs are flush with young talent. More than enough to make up for the deficiency of future picks. Luka Doncic, Dereck Lively II, Josh Green, Grant Williams, and Jaden Hardy are all crucial parts of the lineup.
Adding another sub-25-year-old does wonders for roster construction. With the veteran Kleber out of the lineup for the majority of the season, Dallas hasn't looked much different.
Substituting Wiseman in for Holmes or Powell at the backup five may not drastically alter the second unit, but it will allow Dallas to experiment with a young player who possesses loads of potential.
Potential starting lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Jones Jr., Grant Williams, Dereck Lively II
Dallas receives an A for this trade. This deal is just the type of low-key trade to maximize the future of the team, without giving away crucial assets. Kleber isn't vital to the Dallas makeup and losing a second-rounder isn't the end of the world.
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