Pass or pursue on Dallas Mavericks trade idea: 5. Trade KP to Kings
The Kings thought they traded Buddy Hield to the Lakers on draft day before the Wizards swooped in and made a deal with Los Angeles involving Russell Westbrook. Sacramento drafted Davion Mitchell in the lottery and has a logjam in the backcourt. Bleacher Report attempted to solve it by having them trade for Kristaps Porzingis in the following deal.
There is no way the Mavericks make this move. New head coach Jason Kidd has talked about improving the team’s defense this season, so why would they trade their best perimeter defender for a negative on that end of the floor?
Dallas also downgrades their talent here and does not gain a ton of financial flexibility, despite moving KP. Hield has three years and $61 million remaining on his deal. Yes, that is significantly less than Porzingis’ $101 million, but the Mavericks would remain over the salary cap in the summer of 2022 unless they made additional moves.
This trade just does not make sense for the Mavs. They want to compete for a championship, so taking a step back in talent does not make sense. Dallas would be better off keeping Kristaps Porzingis in this scenario and hoping for a bounce-back season.