Grade the Trade: Celtics land Damian Lillard in mock 3-team blockbuster: Mavericks grade
For the Dallas Mavericks, next season will be all about capitalizing on the duo of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, as they failed to do just that this past year.
Incoming: Malcolm Brogdon, Jusuf Nurkic
Outgoing: Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, Richaun Holmes, First-round pick
Malcolm Brogdon would be an elite sixth man for the Mavericks, as he just proved he can play that role at a high level during his one season with the Boston Celtics.
Behind Doncic and Irving, Brogdon would provide the Mavericks with extra ball-handling and elite three-point shooting, as he shot a blistering-hot 44.4% from deep this past year.
Jusuf Nurkic isn’t an amazing center, but he definitely gets the job done. He’s not very versatile on the defensive end, nor is he super athletic, but in terms of a big man who can clog up the middle, he’d get the job done.
Nurkic’s playmaking is also an underrated part of his game, and he can rebound well, too, which is more than Dallas can say about most of their centers from the past two seasons.
Getting Brogdon and Nurkic back while also keeping Doncic, Irving, Josh Green, Jaden Hardy, and their rookies would be a major win for the Mavericks, though it could leave them thin on the wing.
Starters: Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, Jusuf Nurkic
Bench: Jaden Hardy, Malcolm Brogdon, Seth Curry, Dante Exum, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Dwight Powell, Dereck Lively II