Ranking every move of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason so far

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Dallas Mavericks, Olivier-Maxence Prosper
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2. Drafting Olivier-Maxence Prosper and trading for Richaun Holmes

As mentioned before, the trade the Mavericks made to draft Dereck Lively II was much bigger than that.

They used the traded player exception from the trade to get back into the first round. They sent the Sacramento Kings the traded player exception in exchange for the No. 24 overall pick (which the Kings used to draft Prosper on Dallas' behalf) and Richaun Holmes. This move freed up cap space for the Kings while the Mavs landed a defensive wing in Prosper and center depth in Holmes.

Last season, Prosper averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game at Marquette. He will likely be a part of the rotation right away, and he was impressive during the NBA Summer League.

Although his shot looked shaky, his defense and ability to put the ball on the floor are excellent. He moves well for a player of his size and can switch effectively on defense.

Holmes, on the other hand, could end up being the "most underrated pickup of the summer," as proclaimed by Mark Cuban. He didn't play much last season for the Kings, but that's because he was playing behind Domantas Sabonis.

In the 2020-21 season, Holmes averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. If Dallas can have him playing anywhere close to that level, they'll be in a great spot.