5 Trades the Dallas Mavericks could make with the 10th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft
By Blake Gibbs
4. Golden State Warriors
Why would Golden State make this deal?
Losing in the second round of this year's playoffs showed that the Warriors need to make a few adjustments if they want to get back to the NBA Finals.
They are in win-now mode and giving up picks, plus two guys towards the bottom of their rotation to draft a player who could potentially help them next season makes logical sense. They also have no way of realistically creating cap space to sign an impactful free agent.
Worth noting, they have a history with JaVale McGee as he was a part of two of their championship teams. They know him as a player and might be one of the only teams that can get the most out of his ability. Having another big body to throw at guys like Anthony Davis doesn't hurt either.
Maxi Kleber could be a nice rotation player off their bench, providing defense, and 3-point shooting that should fit their system seamlessly. Golden State doesn't currently have anyone on their roster like Kleber, and he could fill a void for them.
Why do the Mavs make this deal?
For Dallas, they still would get the 19th pick in the draft and acquire an additional first-round pick in 2027. This would give them another asset they could use in future trades, plus two players that would immediately enter their rotation.
Gary Payton II has been plagued by injuries and is now 30 years old. However, when he is on the floor, he is an active defender and has shown the ability to be a solid 3-point shooter when given the opportunity. If healthy, he would be a great addition off the bench for Dallas.
Multiple teams have been trying to pry Jonathan Kuminga away from the Warriors over the last few months.
Standing at 6'8, Kuminga has shown tremendous flashes of being a promising two-way player. He can defend multiple positions and improved his 3-point shooting from 33 percent to 37 percent from year one to year two. He is only 20 years old and looks to have only scratched the surface of his potential.