Grade the Trade: Mavericks land dream center target in shocking proposal

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Laying out the Dallas Mavericks trade proposal for Clint Capela

The Hawks already salary-dumped John Collins and convinced Dejounte Murray to take a relative discount, but Atlanta will have to pay Saddiq Bey and Okongwu next summer if they want to keep them. They are already projected to be over the cap and could surpass the tax line without further moves.

Capela is the guy the Hawks want to move, so Lake Show Life’s Jason Reed got creative with this proposal that sees the Mavs sign-and-trade Christian Wood to Atlanta for the 6’10 big man.

Capela trade

In this scenario, Wood signs a three-year $45 million contract, but only the first season is guaranteed. That sets the Hawks up to keep C-Wood if he shines, and gives them the freedom to cut him completely if things do not work. Capela’s contract comes off their books and JaVale McGee can be bought out if Atlanta does not view him as a factor in their rotation.

The return feels light for the Hawks. The Mavericks offered the Hawks a first-round pick swap in exchange for Capela before the draft, but Atlanta refused. They would have to be high on Christian Wood to make this move, which seems unlikely after Dallas was willing to trade him at the deadline.

The Dallas Mavericks would, at minimum, need to add a couple of second-round draft picks here to make the Hawks even consider this trade.