Mavericks losing key piece to Pistons could lead to big trade aftershock

Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jason Kidd
Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jason Kidd / Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA Draft headed into its final of two days on Thursday, teams are scrambling to make last-second trades with the draft picks they have left this season. Day one of the draft saw little to no action with most teams staying put with their picks in this year's draft. However, the Detroit Pistons were among one of the few active teams on Wednesday night.

Detroit started the madness the day before by hiring former Mavericks executive Dennis Lindsey who only spent one year in the Dallas front office. By no surprise to many, Detroit sought to rebuild their team from the ground up, including their front office after a 14-68 season after hiring Trajan Langdon as the team's President of Basketball Operations.

Lindsey has been a part of many great teams in the past including the San Antonio Spurs during their early 2010's championship runs. With Dallas making a run of their own, it's not surprising to see a rival team trying to build a strong culture by acquiring someone of Lindsey's expertise. With this in mind, Detroit may be eager to acquire some veteran talent to help their young guys out.

Mavericks losing Dennis Lindsey to Pistons could lead to a Tim Hardaway Jr. trade

With many moves still to be made, the Mavericks have clarified that they want to trade one of their long-time veterans and after Detroit's hiring of Lindsey, Dallas could have just found the perfect suitor for Tim Hardaway Jr.

For a long time, Hardaway Jr. has been on the trading block and after a disappointing postseason, Dallas may finally pull the trigger on a deal for Hardaway Jr. With the Piston's hiring of Lindsey, Detroit may now be interested in trading for the sharpshooting veteran which could bode well for the Mavericks, and they've been linked to him over the last few days.

Dallas has shown interest in Pistons guard Quentin Grimes in the past and now could be the perfect time to acquire the young guard. Grimes has emerged as a potential piece in the framework of a trade that sends Hardaway Jr. to Detroit, and if Hardaway Jr. does get shipped to the Pistons, it seems likely that Dallas will land Grimes.

Grimes offers great defense around the perimeter and at the point of attack, which is something Hardaway Jr. has struggled with throughout his career. Additionally, Grimes has proven that he can nail the three-ball at a high clip, which makes this deal even more enticing for the Mavericks.

Bringing Grimes in would not only help Dallas' defense, but it would also help clear some cap space as Hardaway Jr, is currently on a deal worth 16 million for this upcoming season. Seeing Hardaway Jr. leave may be hard for some Mavs fans, but after a long tenure in Dallas, it may finally be time to see Hardaway Jr. in a different uniform.

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