2. NBA Draft trades
Let’s lump the Dallas Mavericks’ two trades at the NBA Draft into one move, as they were intertwined by the end of the night.
Dallas kicked off their night by trading the 10th pick in the draft and Davis Bertans to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the 12th pick.
In doing so, they created a TPE worth Bertans’ contract, effectively moving back two spots as payment for the Thunder taking on his contract.
They picked up Duke big man Dereck Lively II with the 12th pick.
Then, Dallas made a second move, trading back into the first round in a deal with the Sacramento Kings. They added Richaun Holmes into the TPE they acquired in the first deal and draft Olivier-Maxence Prosper with the 24th pick.
Heading into the draft, most fans might have wished for a bigger move with the 10th pick, but this was an ideal outcome for the Mavericks.
Both Lively and Prosper project to be impactful players from Day 1, and with the new CBA being ushered in, having two guys on cost-controlled, first-round contracts will be huge for the Mavericks.
Plus, Holmes is a great addition to their center rotation, which desperately needed reshaping heading into the summer. He could start for them, or at the very least, be a high-level backup.
Overall, it was a great night for the Mavericks, and the set of moves deserves a solid grade.