The NBA trade market is now open and the draft and free agency will follow this week, what does the future hold for the Dallas Mavericks…
Whether you’ve been actively following the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, or are just checking back in now, this is the week we’ve all been waiting for.
Today at noon ET, the trade moratorium will end, freeing teams to wheel and deal in preparation for the fast approaching season which starts December 22nd. On Wednesday, November 18th, the draft kicks off. And only two days later, free agency opens. Welcome to the most thrilling week of the NBA season!
The Dallas Mavericks are expected to be players in all three phases of the offseason so MFFLs should be especially interested in the goings on of this week
The trade market is now open
The trade moratorium may not end until noon ET on Monday, but that doesn’t mean teams aren’t already negotiating deals. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski The LA Lakers have agreed to trade Danny Green to the OKC Thunder for Dennis Schroder. What does this have to do with the Dallas Mavericks?
The Dallas Mavericks have long been linked to the German point guard Schroder through various fan sites and twitter dreams. It’s not hard to see why. The Euro baller would be a great fit along side Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. He’d work perfectly in the Mavs system with very little overlap. With him going to LA, it basically removes him from all speculation this season.
But when one door closes, another door opens up. And that door is Danny Green.
As many will remember, Dallas gave Green the full court press last offseason. Green said he ultimately chose the Lakers “because of the pieces they had now.” As for Dallas, Green thought “it would be a year or two for them to be in that conversation.”
Well, we’re a year away, the Lakers have sent him packing and the Mavs are likely to be back in the conversation again. Given Dallas improved last season more than anyone could have imagined, you’d think the Mavs finally met his criteria.
Since OKC seems to be starting the rebuilding process, a veteran player like Green is likely on the market. A trade is not an unrealistic possibility.
The NBA Draft
The NBA Draft is only two days away as well. The Dallas Mavericks own two picks in it this year (18,31) and could be moving around to get the right guy. Player rankings are especially murky this year since the NCAA season was shortened and as such, questions went unanswered in many scouting departments.
Expect the unexpected this Wednesday.
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The Dallas Mavericks aren’t going to be in the market for a star player but they do have access to their full midlevel exception without getting hit with the luxury tax. In a depressed market that should give them a pretty strong option at a No. 3 or No. 4 scorer. They could also package a couple players and work out a sign and trade by the time free agency rolls around. Danilo Gallinari, someone they targeted last season in a trade, may possibly work into that.
With J.J. Barea possibly coming back and Tim Hardaway Jr likely to pick up his player option (at this point it hasn’t been confirmed by the Mavs that he has), the Dallas Mavericks don’t have enough roster spaces available to bring in an outside free agent and two draft picks. Expect packaging and dealing as the Mavs focus on quality rather than quantity.
This is the most exciting week of the NBA offseason so sit back and enjoy. The Dallas Mavericks should be players in all three phases this week so stay tuned…
- Published on 11/16/2020 at 13:01 PM
- Last updated at 11/16/2020 at 11:41 AM