Grade the Trade: Mavericks acquire forgotten Kings big man to boost depth

Dallas Mavericks, Richaun Holmes
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Would Sacramento Kings trade Richaun Holmes to Dallas Mavericks?

Holmes is owed $12.0 million next season, and he has a $12.8 million player option for the 2024-25 campaign. He played just 348 minutes last season and has taken part in more than 45 games just once in his four years in Sacramento. The Kings would love to take that $24.8 million off their books.

Sacramento remade their offense under head coach Mike Brown. They want to play fast and fire 3-pointers. The Kings were sixth in the NBA in 3-pointers attempted and ninth in 3-point percentage last season.

Davis Bertans is a sharpshooter, but he would not play a massive role in Sacramento. He is owed $17 million next season and has $5 million of his contract guaranteed for the 2024-25 campaign. The Kings would be saving a bit of money, and they could likely dump Bertans to keep the $5 million off their books in year two, but they would not be getting any more production.

The only reason to make this move is to clean up their cap sheet, especially as they look to reward Sabonis with a new deal. The Kings are currently under the cap, but they need to work out a new contract for Harrison Barnes. Sacramento likely would not be totally against this trade, but they would prefer to get more value in return for Richaun Holmes in a larger deal.