The Dallas Mavericks pulled off the most surprising trade of deadline day when they shipped Kristaps Porzingis to Washington for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. It was an acknowledgment that KP was not the second star Dallas needed, and it allowed to team to move off of his max contract.
The Mavericks added two players that could fill gaps in their roster. They needed another ball-handler and playmaker, and Dinwiddie could be just the boost the team’s offense needs to get back into the top ten. Bertans has an elite NBA skill, and Dallas could bring out the best in him.
The 6’10 big man is excited about the trade and what he can accomplish with the Mavs. Here is a look at a quote from his introductory press conference before examining what he brings to the team.
Davis Bertans is excited to join the Dallas Mavericks
Bertans shared the story of how he found out about the trade during his introductory news conference after just waking up from a nap. His wife informed him he got traded to Dallas to which he responded “Oh okay, good”. Bertans later noted he was “excited to be here” as he mentioned the team's position in the standings.
The 6’10 big man is a career 40.0 percent 3-point shooter, and he can be an absolute sniper from long range. He struggles to rebound and defend, but the Mavericks want to put shooters around superstar Luka Doncic. Seth Curry had arguably the best season of his career flanking Doncic, and Bertans could be the stretch four version of that. There will be plenty of open looks playing off Luka.
Bertans is hoping for a more consistent role in Dallas. He discussed his struggles to fit in with the Wizards this season in sporadic playing time. The Mavericks are light on big men with Kristaps Porzingis and Moses Brown departing after the trade.
Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell are the only two big men that played in the team’s last game against the LA Clippers. Expect more small ball from coach Jason Kidd, but Bertans could find a role as a sharpshooter off the bench that provides some instant offense for Dallas.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans are both expected to make their Dallas Mavericks debuts on Tuesday night against the Heat in Miami. They will play in the final two games before the All-Star break, but it is likely to be after that Mavs fans see the best versions of the two former Wizards. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for plenty more on their play and roles with the Mavericks.