11 Players who turned their back on the Dallas Mavericks

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8. Grant Williams

Last summer, the Dallas Mavericks' biggest move was a three-team sign and trade between Dallas, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Boston Celtics. Dallas gave up Reggie Bullock and a 2030 first-round pick swap, and received Williams from the Celtics.

Dallas needed a frontcourt player with some toughness who plays defense and a good shooter, and that's what Williams was expected to bring. Although he got off to a scorching hot start, things came crumbling down for Williams. He was in an awful shooting slump toward the end of his time in Dallas, and the Mavs traded him to the Charlotte Hornets for P.J. Washington. There were some reports that Dallas was tired of his "yapping" and it seems that they were set on moving him at the deadline.

After one of the Hornets games, Williams was interviewed by a reporter and there was some speculation that Williams was slightly throwing some shade at Luka Doncic and the Mavs.

"Everybody touched the ball, we trusted one another, a team that never played, practiced together, every single person seemed like they had each other's back," Williams said.

This could have just been Williams hyping up his new team, but it also wouldn't be a shock if he was throwing flack at the Mavs. He struggled tremendously on the way out, and Doncic is someone who has become notorious in the media for holding the ball too long.

The vibes were way off with Williams at the end of his time in Dallas, and the Mavs traded him at the perfect time.