2021-2022 Season

How Mavs can take advantage of Ben Simmons situation

With the latest news surrounding the Ben Simmons situation coming to light, the Mavericks have a major opportunity to get involved in his trade scenarios. But, Dallas, under no circumstances should commit to bringing in such a broken player willing to do anything for a new home. Here’s how Dallas can take advantage in a four-team deal:

The trade:

Philadelphia 76ers receive: Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley, Josh Green, Mavs ’25 second round pick, Kings ’24 1st round pick, Kings ’25 1st round pick swap

New York Knicks receive: Tyrese Haliburton, Willie Cauley-Stein

Sacramento Kings receive: Ben Simmons, Kevin Knox II, Knicks ’24 first round pick

Dallas Mavericks receive: Mitchell Robinson

Philadelphia, at this point, is going to be thrilled just to get off of their former first overall pick. Moving him across the country and out of the conference is a good start. Any possibility the 76ers were going to get three first round picks for Simmons is a non-starter. Buddy Hield’s salary makes this trade go, but he also adds a crucial scoring punch to a team starving for it come playoff time. Lineups featuring Hield, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry would be difficult to contain on the three point line. 

Marvin Bagley would also create a strong contrast with Joel Embiid in the front court. Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton will have plenty of options to navigate with the aforementioned shooters and front court stardom. Dallas, meanwhile, contributes Josh Green and a second round pick to Philadelphia, while the Kings toss in a first in 2024 and a swap a year later. 

The Knicks don’t necessarily have to jump into a deal like this, but Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker aren’t going to be the future at point guard. R.J. Barrett, while talented, is no sure thing just yet either. Enter Tyrese Haliburton. The young guard had an outstanding rookie season, and while losing both Haliburton and Bagley is a lot to swallow, the Kings need to find a real partner for De’Aaron Fox. Simmons, Fox, and Richaun Holmes would be insane to watch in the open court. The Knicks, meanwhile, reimburse the Kings with a first round pick and tip them a bit further by giving Kevin Knox II a second chance. 

Lastly, a whole lot has been made of the lack of a secondary shot creator in Dallas. That need is a bit overblown. A healthy Kristaps Porzingis and an ascending Jalen Brunson might be enough to get Dallas’s offense back to its historic 2019 form. What the Mavericks desperately need is a rim protecting, rebound gobbling center. Mitchell Robinson can be that guy for Dallas. Parting ways with Josh Green, Willie Cauley-Stein and a second round pick is not too steep a price for Robinson, who while another big who’s had some injury problems over time, is oozing potential. 

In this deal, the 76ers rid themselves of a toxic player while adding draft capital and shooting. The Knicks finally find their point guard of the future, while the Kings come out even in picks and form an intriguing duo with De’Aaron Fox. Dallas adds another ascending athlete who gives the team what they truly need in the paint and not on the perimeter, pushing them further up the standings. 

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