Grade the Trade idea: Mavericks form dominant trio with massive blockbuster trade

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Grading the trade for the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks give up more than they'd want to, but it allows them to keep Reggie Bullock and Josh Green for wing depth. They could also use the mid-level exception on a wing (if they can create enough cap space) and also have Olivier-Maxence Prosper coming in as a rookie.

Regardless, this likely isn't a trade that the Mavericks would want to do. With the new CBA coming, it's already hard enough to build around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Adding Pascal Siakam into that mix would make it even harder.

There is also no guarantee that he'd re-sign.

In the short term, this trade could work wonders for the Mavs. They'd have a good defensive power forward to play with Doncic and Irving that can score at a high level. Siakam averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 steals and blocks combined per game.

He can score whenever he wants and would give the Mavericks one of the best-scoring trios of all time. Siakam has also evolved as a passer and would be great with shooters around him.

If the Mavericks want to go all in next year, they make this trade. No signs have pointed to them doing that, as they made two selections in the 2023 NBA Draft, and I don't see them making a move for Siakam because they would be extremely limited in how they build around their three stars.

Potential starting lineup: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving (if he re-signs), Josh Green, Pascal Siakam, Richaun Holmes

It looks like the Mavericks will not be starting Richaun Holmes or Dereck Lively II, but for the sake of this trade, Holmes can start for now. They could also use some of their money from the mid-level exception or bi-annual exception. The Mavericks would benefit from adding a true starting center to avoid having Holmes as their starting big.

Dallas Mavericks. mavs grade. C+. Good win-now move, but could leave next offseason. Even if the Mavs do re-sign him next year, they'll have little to no flexibility with the new CBA. Has the ability to switch on defense and is a great scorer

This move wouldn't be the best for the Mavericks in the long term. They would be in a tough place if Siakam decided to leave after next season and wouldn't have many other tradeable assets.

Stay tuned to see if the trade talks with Siakam and the Mavericks gain any traction. We'll have you covered with all the latest surrounding the Mavs.