Grading the Dallas Mavericks trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington
The Mavs gave up on Kristaps Porzingis being the second star next to Luka Doncic, but the team relinquished the best player in this deal. Mavericks general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison preached “flexibility” and “depth” as reasons for Dallas pulling off his trade, but it should have taken more than two bad contracts to acquire KP, even given all of his faults.
Spencer Dinwiddie was a free agent last summer before signing a three-year $54 million deal with the Washington Wizards. The Mavericks could have created the cap space to sign him but decided against it. Now, they traded their second most talented player to acquire him.
Dallas Mavericks grade for Kristaps Porzingis trade to Washington: C-minus
Dallas just did not get back enough value in this deal, and they took on one of the worst contracts in the league in Bertans. The Mavericks are hoping to rebuild the value of both Dinwiddie and Bertans, but this trade was strictly about ending the Kristaps Porzingis era in Dallas.
The organization did improve its financial flexibility moving forward by getting off KP’s max contract. They still owe their 2023 first-rounder to the Knicks from the deal acquiring Porzingis, but after it conveys, the Mavericks will be primed with a full complement of draft capital to take another swing for a second star. Mid-tier contracts are important in pulling off that type of move, so Dinwiddie and Bertans could play a key role in making a future blockbuster.
The Dallas Mavericks are building their roster around Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson moving forward. Can they turn the team into a championship contender? The Kristaps Porzingis trade did not get them closer, but it was the first step in their new build. Stay tuned to see what is next.