Dallas Mavericks trade re-grade: Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Re-grading the Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie trade for the Dallas Mavericks

Dinwiddie became a key piece for Dallas almost immediately. It allowed head coach Jason Kidd to play with two ball-handlers on the floor at all times, and the 6’5 guard was a better fit defensively in the new scheme. Dinwiddie was hot and cold in the playoffs, but he played well in every elimination game.

Davis Bertans is the perfect Mavericks role player. Yes, he is overpaid, but he can space the floor and knock down shots at an elite rate. The Mavs need stretch big men around Luka Doncic to open the lane.

In the end, Dallas gave up the most talented player but found two better fits for their rotation and some financial flexibility moving forward. The Mavericks will be a luxury tax team next season, but they can now trade multiple medium-sized contracts for another star if one becomes available.

Re-grading the Dallas Mavericks trading Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie: A-

The Mavs were one of the best teams in the league after this trade. Dinwiddie and Bertans both seamlessly fit into the rotation as Dallas vaulted to fourth in the conference and made a run to the Western Conference Finals. It was not the perfect deal, but Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison deserves an A-minus for the shrewd move that created a better fit around Luka.

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This trade and the free-agent signings last offseason should give MFFLs faith in the new front office. They want to build the team around Luka Doncic and this group has already shown some success in doing so. The best is yet to come for the Dallas Mavericks, so please stay tuned.