Grading the trade for the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks can't afford to make this trade. They need young talent, wings that can defend, and a new big.
This trade gives them none of those things.
Dallas adding Bogdanovic would add a great shooter next to Luka Doncic, but he is not the best defender. He is too slow to keep up with quicker players and would get exposed on the wing. Starting him alongside Doncic and Kyrie Irving, two players that aren't the best defenders, would be a disaster for the Mavs.
They also lose the 10th overall pick in this deal. Dallas would be trading a chance to add a young player to their core in exchange for a 34-year-old aging wing. At the end of his contract, he would be 36 years old, and we could see a decline in his game as his contract expires.
The 10th overall pick and Tim Hardaway Jr. have more value than this. Hardaway Jr.'s contract may not be the best, but it declines after next season, and he'll only be making around $16.2 million.
Dallas shouldn't want to get older while trading out of the first round. They should search for a deal that adds a proven veteran while gaining a first-round pick in this year's draft.
Dallas acquires a good piece to win now, as Bogdanovic is an excellent player, but they can't disregard their need of adding young talent.
If they make this trade, their offense will improve while taking another step back defensively. It would be two trades in a row that Dallas gives up defense for offense as they did that when trading for Irving.
Potential starting lineup: Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Reggie Bullock, Bojan Bogdanovic, Dwight Powell (if re-signed)
They could also throw Maxi Kleber into this lineup instead of Powell, but it doesn't make much of a difference. Dallas also has the mid-level exception to use on a player that could be a potential starter, but this is likely what the starting lineup would look like if they make this trade.