Dallas Mavericks' most valuable trade assets: 7. Maxi Kleber
Kleber signed a three-year extension worth $33 million this summer that will keep him in Dallas until 2026. The 6’10 forward played the majority of the minutes at the five in the postseason as Doncic and the Mavericks shifted to small ball. Dwight Powell would start, but coach Kidd would quickly go to to Kleber because of his floor spacing and defense.
The 30-year-old big man has a unique skill set that every contending team would love to employ. He does not command the ball on offense where Kleber is happy spacing the floor and setting screens. On defense, the 6’10 forward can guard on the perimeter and protect the rim. He is a switchable defender that can matchup against any player.
Injuries are a worry with the 30-year-old big man. He played just 59 games last season, and Kleber has dealt with a ton of nagging injuries going all the way back to his days playing in Europe before coming to the NBA. The Mavs will monitor his minutes closely this season, but his injury history decreases his trade value.
The Dallas Mavericks could trade Maxi Kleber for a protected first-round pick right now if they wanted to, and teams will certainly bring him up in any blockbuster trade.