Philadelphia gets: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Indiana gets: Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, Josh Green, Matisse Thybulle
Dallas gets: Myles Turner
Even after adding Christian Wood, the Mavericks still need help in the front court. Ideally, they can find themselves a rim-defending center with something to give offensively. Myles Turner absolutely fits that bill. But after trading away the 26th pick for Wood, Dallas is going to have to get a third team involved in the proceedings.
Turner is a perfect fit next to Wood. The Mavericks, ideally, can keep Wood on the perimeter some to take advantage of his shooting ability and shot creation. That still leaves a hole in the interior, where Turner can work. But make no mistake, Turner himself is a career 35 percent three-point shooter. Between those two, Dallas has rim protection, rebounding, and shot creation in ways they haven’t had in the front court in ages.
Trading away Hardaway Jr. and Green leaves Dallas paper-thin on the wings. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock are the only ones even on the roster at all after this trade. But a subsequent trade will help replenish that depth.
Charlotte gets: Dwight Powell
Dallas gets: Kelly Oubre Jr.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is coming off a disappointing season with Charlotte, and it just doesn’t seem like the two sides are likely to be with each other very long. The Mavericks, several times in recent years, have been linked to Oubre Jr. in free agency or in the trade market. This is an opportunity for Dallas to buy low and add the third wing they desperately need. While Oubre Jr. is pretty up-and-down on both ends, he’s an upgrade over Josh Green and can be a consistent part of a playoff rotation.
This move would be riskier if it weren’t for the addition of Wood, as the former Rocket gives Dallas the front court shot creator Oubre Jr. isn’t. But now with Dwight Powell’s role reduced even further, this makes all the sense in the world for the Mavericks.
These two trades in succession give Dallas size and a wing who can create his own shot, which they didn’t have a year ago. The team is now absolutely loaded with expiring contracts, and between Turner and Wood, only had to surrender one draft choice.