3. Richaun Holmes
The Mavericks acquired Richaun Holmes on draft night in a trade with the Sacramento Kings.
When trading back from the No. 10 to No. 12 pick, the Mavs gained a traded player exception. Later that night, they moved the traded player exception to the Kings for the draft rights to Olivier-Maxence Prosper along with Holmes.
Last season for the Kings, Holmes averaged 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks per game. He had fallen almost completely out of the rotation, and Dallas is hopefully somewhere that he can get back to playing elite basketball.
Although Holmes could turn out to be a valuable rotation piece for the Mavs, it wouldn't shock me if they traded him before training camp. He was reportedly in trade talks centered around Deandre Ayton on draft night, and Dallas doesn't need him if they trade for a starting big.
It makes no sense for Dallas to keep Holmes if they trade for a starting center because that would mean that the Mavs would have four centers at that point. They would have Dereck Lively II, Dwight Powell, Holmes, and whatever center they trade for.
Dallas likely wouldn't want Lively II to be the fourth-string center on the roster, and Holmes looks like he'd be the center most likely to be traded of that bunch if Dallas trades for a new big. Mark Cuban did call the move for Holmes "the most underrated pickup of the summer," but was that just smoke to help drive his trade value up?
Only time will tell.