Grade the Trade: Mavericks land $39 million forward in 4-player mock deal

In this mock trade, the Dallas Mavericks would land Bojan Bogdanovic in a four-player deal with the Detroit Pistons.

Dallas Mavericks, Bojan Bogdanovic, NBA Trade Rumors
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Grade the trade: Mavericks land Bojan Bogdanovic, Killian Hayes

Unlike the first mock trade that was initially reported, the Mavs would forego giving up a first-round draft choice and instead include multiple future second-round picks in this trade for Bojan Bogdanovic.

bogdanovic for THJ

Dallas would acquire Bogdanovic and Killian Hayes from Detroit while giving up Tim Hardaway Jr., JaVale McGee, and two second-round draft picks. The second-round draft picks included would be the only second-round selections Dallas has until 2031.

The aforementioned picks happen to be the Toronto Raptors' 2025 second-rounder and the Miami Heat's 2028 second-rounder.

With this trade, the Mavs would be completely out of second-round draft picks to trade for the foreseeable future. But not to worry, as second-rounders are continuously moved from team to team. The potential to recoup similar picks is likely.

Dallas would acquire Bogdanovic, who they've had their eyes on for quite some time, and an underrated point guard in Killian Hayes. The Hardaway Jr. for Bogdanovic swap may seem a bit redundant, but it would help the Mavs.

The current Mavs roster is devoid of players who fit the bigger forward description, besides the recently-acquired Grant Williams. Hardaway Jr. stands at 6-foot-5 and 205 lbs. He is two inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than Bogdanovic.

As for Detroit, this trade doesn't add much to their current roster, but adding two more second-rounders to their current collection of eight second-round choices would be a nice touch. Ten second-round picks over the next six years would surely add even more talent to an already young squad.

Another outcome for the Pistons would be to package some of these draft picks to trade for proven players or move up in future drafts. The addition of Hardaway Jr. would be similar to Bogdanovic, while acquiring McGee would add a veteran presence to an extremely young center rotation.

Next, we'll look at grades for each side of the trade if it were to materialize.