Most likely Dallas Mavericks to be traded this offseason: 2. Davis Bertans
The Mavs acquired Bertans in their deadline day deal with the Washington Wizards, and his contract was one of the reasons the deal was criticized. The 6’10 forward was in and out of the Wizards' rotation the last two seasons, and he still has two years and $37 million of guaranteed money left on his deal.
Bertans played well for the Mavericks, and he was even part of their playoff rotation. They want to put shooters around Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson, and Bertans is a career 39.8 percent 3-point marksmen. His defense is questionable, and the 6’10 forward does not offer much else, but he can shoot the ball with the best of them.
Davis Bertans is one of the players the Dallas Mavericks would prefer to add in a trade to acquire a significant salary. He is set to make $16 million next season, so adding him with Tim Hardaway Jr. would allow the Mavs to acquire a player making more than $36 million. Obviously, Dallas would need to add draft picks or additional compensation, but it is one path to acquiring an impact talent.
Will the Mavs be able to move off Bertans' contract this offseason? Opposing teams would prefer Dallas put Spencer Dinwiddie in the deal, so it will be interesting to see if general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison can win that negotiation.