Players Dallas Mavericks need to trade away before deadline: 2. Dwight Powell
Powell has been in the starting five for most of the season, but his production has been underwhelming as he averages just 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. His Achilles repair has sapped some of his athletic ability and bounce. The 30-year-old is still an outstanding pick and roll partner, and he has a career-high effective field goal percentage.
DP is a key piece of the Mavericks locker room as well. The 6’10 big man is the team’s representative in the player’s association and leads by example both on and off the court. Powell is often spotted doing charity work, and he always brings the energy on the floor.
Powell is making $11.0 million this season, and he is scheduled to earn the same amount in the final year of his contract. His injury and recent play will not have the suitors lining up at the door, but DP’s salary could do wonders when trying to match up in a trade for a player making over $15 million.
The Dallas Mavericks need to upgrade at the five. They added Marquese Chriss as another backup big man, but the front office must find a long-term starter at the position. Dwight Powell does plenty that will not show up in the stat sheet, but the Mavs need more from their starter to become serious title contenders.