After making headlines earlier this morning by trading for Daniel Gafford, the Dallas Mavericks pulled off another blockbuster trade early Thursday afternoon as they traded for P.J. Washington of the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
In this deal, Dallas sends Grant Williams, Seth Curry, and their 2027 first-round pick to the Hornets in exchange for Washington and two second-round picks.
Dallas Mavericks land promising young forward in blockbuster trade with Hornets
Before this deal went down, Charlotte was reportedly interested in trading for Josh Green, but the Mavs were able to hold onto their young guard. This came at the cost of including their 2027 first-round pick, but Dallas got considerably better with this move.
Washington is someone who Mavs fans have wanted since this summer, and after the Mavs decided to not pursue him, some fans were upset.
This move likely delights those fans, as Washington is coming to Dallas and has three more seasons on his contract (including this season). Washington gives Dallas a new power forward who can guard multiple positions, score off the dribble, and shoot off the catch.
Washington is averaging 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game this season while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. He also has a 43-point game under his belt this season.
Dallas had been looking for a four man who can handle the ball and has some size, and that description fits Washington perfectly. With today's two trades, the Mavs gained much-needed positional size while shedding three players who have failed to make much of an impact this season, along with draft capital.
It will be interesting to see if the Mavs make any other moves to solidify their roster even more around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
For all the latest on P.J. Washington and the Dallas Mavericks, stay tuned.