The Dallas Mavericks had an extremely eventful Thursday afternoon and evening as Dallas made two blockbuster trades with just hours remaining before the NBA's 2 p.m. CST trade deadline. Dallas also won a gritty matchup against the New York Knicks later that evening, so needless to say the vibes are high right now for the Mavericks.
In Dallas' first trade deadline deal they acquired Daniel Gafford for Richaun Holmes and a 2024 first round pick (via Oklahoma City). Less than two hours later after the Gafford deal was first reported, Dallas traded for P.J. Washington in exchange for Grant Williams, Seth Curry, and Dallas' 2027 first round pick.
Grading every move the Dallas Mavericks made at the trade deadline
Many Mavericks fans are excited that Dallas finally went all in with their current roster, but that's not to say that Dallas' moves have not been met with a certain level of pessimism from those in the national media. Dallas did relinquish some hefty assets despite what they ended up getting in return this trade deadline, but deciding whether or not Dallas made the right decisions in the end requires some deeper analysis of the moves that were made.
Here, we grade every single component of the trades that Dallas made this deadline in hopes that we can get a better idea as to whether or not Dallas aced this trade deadline.
7. Trading away Seth Curry
Seth Curry had not been performing at the same level he was at offensively the last few seasons for the Dallas Mavericks this year, but Curry also wasn't given an abundance of playing time to his credit. In 36 games for Dallas this season, Curry averaged 4.3 points points per game whilst shooting career lows in both field goal percentage (37.2 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (36.3 percent).
Curry only averaged 12.7 minutes per game for Dallas when he played, but he was kept out of Jason Kidd's main rotation for a majority of the season. Dallas has been ransacked by injuries all season, so there's an argument to be made that Dallas could have used Curry's influx of three-point shooting and offensive creation, particularly in games where Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic were out due to injury.
However, despite getting limited opportunities to play, Curry looked like a shell of the player we saw in seasons past with Dallas. There were games where Curry's dynamic shot-making off the catch was evident, but oftentimes he looked a step slow with the ball in his hands compared to his younger days and wasn't seeking his own offense when he had the ball near as much as Mavericks fans had grown accustomed to in previous stints with the organization.
With the recent ascension of Jaden Hardy, Curry's role on the Mavericks was becoming less and less important so Dallas did the right thing by using Curry's salary in the P.J. Washington trade to help facilitate the deal. However, it isn't the best look when an organization has traded a player twice when that player has signed a contract with that organization three times already throughout his career. Despite Dallas making the right decision in this instance, we can't give them a full A+ because of the optics of the situation.