Trade that allows Dallas Mavericks to upgrade at center: 3. Acquire Thad
The Spurs acquired Thaddeus Young in the DeMar DeRozan sign-and-trade, but the veteran is not part of Gregg Popovich’s nightly rotation. San Antonio is rebuilding and sees no need to play a 33-year-old on an expiring contract. Young is a candidate to be bought out, but Dallas could swoop in acquire him on the cheap.
The Spurs would likely do the trade for just Moses Brown, but Powell’s salary needs to be included to make the math work out. San Antonio is unlikely to want to take on the extra year of salary, so the Mavericks will need to incentivize them with a second-round pick.
Young is a combo forward that can play some small-ball center. He averaged 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.1 steals in 24.3 minutes per game last season. The 14-year veteran is a below league average shooter but would improve the team’s rebounding, versatility, and defense.
Making this deal would mean the Dallas Mavericks would have to be comfortable playing Kristaps Porzingis at the five. His injury history makes that a dicey proposition, but is likely the Mavs best chance at winning in the postseason. Stay tuned to see how Jason Kidd plays it as the playoffs approach.