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Dallas Mavericks: 5 trades to upgrade at center

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Dallas Mavericks, P.J. Washington
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Trade that allows Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center: 5. Grab PJ

The Hornets traded for Mason Plumlee and signed Kelly Oubre Jr. during the offseason to upgrade their roster. That coupled with a Miles Bridges breakout has P.J. Washington playing just 23 minutes per game in the early going. Could the 6’7 big man find his way onto the trade block? If so, the Mavericks could offer something like this.

Dallas still owes the Knicks their 2023 first-round pick from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, but the protections on it mean the Mavericks cannot trade a first-rounder until 2027.

Washington was the 12th overall pick in 2019 and performed well in his first two NBA seasons. Last year, he averaged 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 30.5 minutes per game. The 23-year-old is just 6’7 but can play the four or the five, thanks to his impressive 7’2 wingspan.

The Hornets are searching for a long-term option at center, so acquiring Moses Brown gives them a piece to develop. They also snag Mavericks 2020 first-round pick Josh Green and their 2027 first-rounder. Charlotte is hoping to make the playoffs this season, but adding some future pieces to continue building around LaMelo Ball could be the smartest long-term play.

P.J. Washington is a player for fans to keep an eye on this season, especially if his playing time does not increase.