There was no shortage of changes that took place around the NBA before the trade deadline. Ben Simmons will play basketball again, James Harden is now paired with Joel Embiid, and the Dallas Mavericks have moved on from Kristaps Porzingis, among many other moves.
In exchange for Porzingis and a second-round pick, the Mavericks received Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans from the Wizards. Dallas is rated at two small bad deals for players who could perhaps play a useful role rather than potentially being stuck with Porzingis if he suffers another major injury.
Some consider the Mavericks to have taken a step back as a team after trading Porzingis to the Wizards. Others believe that taking into account the constant injury problems, Porzingis’ move won’t end up being a bad thing.
When creating an NBA Power Rankings Post-Trade Deadline Edition, Elizabeth Swinton of Sports Illustrated ranked the Mavericks 11th in the league, one spot below their previous ranking in the previous edition.
Swinton took note of the “surprising deal” the Mavericks reached to part ways with Porzingis, but is interested to see how the new additions fit in alongside Luka Donic.
“The Mavericks have officially bid farewell to the Kristaps Porzingis era after trading him to the Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. It was a surprise deal from the Mavericks, who are getting rid of the oft-injured Porzingis and adding new depth of custody at Dinwiddie,” Swinton wrote.
“It will be interesting to see how the new additions impact the chemistry of the team. Luka Doncic has been on a scoring tear, but the Mavs will welcome any offensive help they can get to take some of that away from him. charged.”
There is certainly a wide range of possibilities for the Mavericks when it comes to Dinwiddie and Bertans’ impact on the team. Dinwiddie emerges from a torn ACL and gets back into shape as Bertans’ one-dimensional skills fell out of favor in DC
Either way, the Mavericks adding bigger offensive threats to a second unit that scored four points against the LA Clippers on Saturday should at least provide a boost.
Luka Doncic has played at MVP level since not being voted as an All-Star Starter in late January. If he can get more support when he’s off the field, the Mavericks would do better.