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Dallas Mavericks: Pass or pursue on 4 recent Kristaps Porzingis trade ideas

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Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue Kristaps Porzingis trade: 4. Wizards deal

Bleacher Report dove into a way for every team to trade their worst contract. KP’s three years and $101.5 million was their pick for the Mavs, and they cooked up this deal with the Washington Wizards.

In this deal, the Mavs free Porzingis’ contract from their books, but have to pay Davis Bertans $49 million over the next three seasons, get Isaiah Todd on a rookie deal, and acquire Thomas Bryant entering the final year of his contract. The Wizards’ starting center is also recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February is unlikely to be ready at the start of the regular season.

In this deal, the Mavericks get a capable starting center that can space the floor and is still developing, an elite shooting forward that struggles on the defensive end, and a rookie second-round pick to develop. Dallas would have to free up two roster spots likely by releasing Tyrell Terry and Trey Burke. Are the Mavs upgrading enough to make this deal?

Verdict: Pass

Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is owed a lot of money over the next three years, but downgrading to Thomas Bryant is massive. The Mavs make up some value by adding Bertans and Todd, but it is not enough to consider dealing the Unicorn to Washington.