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Mavericks trade grade for sending Kristaps Porzingis to Washington

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie
Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

What did the Dallas Mavericks get back in return for Kristaps Porzingis?

Trading away the best player and the only draft pick in a deal does not happen often and could be a sign Dallas gave up too much to offload KP. The Mavs wanted to get off his contract as Porzingis is set to make $33.83 million next season before deciding on a $36 million player option in the 2023-2024 season.

Dallas traded a bad contract and took back two worse ones. Dinwiddie and Bertans are set to make a combined $34 million next season, and both players have additional guaranteed money on their deal beyond that. Yes, it is easier to trade a $16-18 million contract than a max deal, but no team wants to pay Bertans the potential $49 million left on his contract beyond this season.

Dallas did fill some on-court holes by making this move. They needed another playmaker and shot creator on their roster. Spencer Dinwiddie has struggled this season as he returns from a torn ACL, but he is still averaging 12.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. There is a strong possibility he plays better in Dallas and rebuilds his trade value.

Davis Bertans is a career 40.0 percent 3-point shooter, but there is a reason he averages just 19.4 minutes per game for his career. He struggles on defense and does little else besides spacing the floor.

How did the Dallas Mavericks fare in the Kristaps Porzingis trade?

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