Details behind the AJ Hammons trade to Heat

The Mavericks traded 2016 second round pick AJ Hammons to the Heat for Josh McRoberts, a 2nd round pick, and cash considerations.

This move was a salary dump for Miami so they could pursue free agents such as Kelly Olynyk and re-sign players who led them on their 30-11 finish like James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

McRoberts was signed through this coming season and is set to make a little over 6 million this year.  He only played in 22 games in 2016-17 due to a torn meniscus and averaged 4.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, while shooting 42% from three.  He should provide a physical prescence on the inside for the Mavericks.  The former Blue Devil made headlines during a 2014 playoff series when he got a flagrant foul for forearming LeBron James.  His toughness and aggressiveness should be good for the Mavericks, plus he adds more front court depth behind Dirk and Nerlens Noel.

The second round draft pick won’t be until 2023 and it was not said what the cash considerations will be yet.

Hammons was the 46th pick of the 2016 draft.  He spent last year rotating between the Mavericks and the Texas Legends of the NBA G-League.  When playing with the Mavericks, Hammons averaged 2.2 PPG and 1.6 RPG in limited minutes.  He is a player with upside as a rim protector and a solid overall center.  During his senior year at Purdue, Hammons won honors including Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten.  The Purdue standout has potential to grow as a player in South Beach, but he will take some time to mature.

In the end the Heat were able to dump salary space and gain a player with upside.  If healthy, the Mavericks got a player who can help their younger front court players develop and a future draft pick. McRoberts is a free agent at the end of next season, so the deal also adds $1.5 million (Hammons contract) of cap space.


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