Grade the Trade: Mavericks land star guard in Damian Lillard mock blockbuster

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Dallas Mavericks, Tyler Herro, Luka Doncic
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Grading the trade for the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks gained a 20-points-per-game scorer in Tyler Herro through this trade while shedding Tim Hardaway Jr.'s contract, but is Herro a good fit in Dallas?

He is a great microwave scorer and already has a Sixth Man of the Year under his belt, but will make $120 million over the next four years. That is a massive price tag for a one-way guard, but the Mavs are getting him for extremely cheap as they're only giving up Tim Hardaway Jr. and Christian Wood (who was never going to come back anyway).

Last season for Miami, Herro averaged 20.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 0.8 steals per game.

Due to the fact that he can't defend, this likely isn't a trade the Mavs should pursue. That would be too big of a chunk of their cap going to three guards who can't defend, and that may not be the smartest way to build around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

He would thrive in a bench role like he had early in his career in Miami, but the Mavs can't afford to pay a sixth man $30 million annually. If his contract was smaller, this trade wouldn't be as bad, but this lineup would get exposed defensively down the stretch.

Potential starting lineup: Kyrie Irving, Tyler Herro, Luka Doncic, Grant Williams, Dwight Powell

The Mavs get better in this trade, but they trade a bad contract for a different pricey contract. Herro's contract may be tough to move if he doesn't work out, so they should stay away from him in my opinion.

Dallas gets a C+ for this trade because they land a good young piece, but his contract is worth staying away from. They dump Hardaway Jr. in the deal but land a long worse contract in the process.

mavs grade. C+. Shed Tim Hardaway Jr.'s contract. Land a great offensive guard in Tyler Herro, but his defensive struggles are worrysome. Dallas Mavericks

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