Mavericks trade grade for sending Kristaps Porzingis to Washington

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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The Dallas Mavericks made the most surprising trade in a flurry of moves on deadline day when they shipped Kristaps Porzingis and a second-round pick to the Washington Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. Nobody expected KP to be dealt, and it was even more shocking given the return coming to Dallas.

The Mavericks acquired Porzingis from the Knicks back in Jan. 2019 in a trade that cost them two first-round picks. New York also sent Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee to Dallas, but the Unicorn never blossomed into the second star the Mavs envisioned next to Luka Doncic. KP played well, but missed games hampered him throughout his time in Dallas.

Still, it was surprising to see the Mavs move on from Porzingis. Here is a look at the specifics of the trade, including a move it forced Dallas to make before handing out a grade for the Mavericks latest deal.

Dallas Mavericks trade grade: Kristaps Porzingis dealt to the Wizards

The deal itself was a straightforward swap with Porzingis and the Mavs 2022 second-round pick heading to Washington for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. Dallas needed to free a roster spot to take on two players, so they waived Moses Brown. Fans can expect the talented 22-year-old big man to land with another team in the coming days.

The Wizards traded away two rotation pieces to get KP. He will not get a chance to play with Bradley Beal until next season after Washington’s star had wrist surgery. Why did the Dallas Mavericks trade Porzingis now, and what grade does the team deserve for the deal?