NBA Trade Deadline: Mavs Add to Frontcourt

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The 2024 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, and many teams made moves to try to help their teams.

The Dallas Mavericks made two trades, acquiring fifth-year forward P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Grant Williams, guard Seth Curry, and a protected 2027 first-round draft pick and sending center Richaun Holmes and a 2024 first-round pick to the Washington Wizards for forward Daniel Gafford.

Washington had been linked to Dallas for a while as someone who could help a young frontcourt that still has deficiencies on the defensive end. Gafford adds to the frontcourt efforts with 10.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds and will be a welcomed addition on the defensive end with 2.2 blocks per game this season (1.5 per game for his career).

Dallas signed Curry to add shooting off the bench in the offseason and traded for Willaims and Holmes to improve its defense before the season. Now, all three leave town as the team scrambles to secure a playoff berth in the season’s second half.

The Mavericks do add young pieces with plenty of experience to the frontcourt. Both Gafford and Washington are just 25 years old and are signed through the 2025-26 season, but were they worth giving up two first-round picks with no guarantee of reaching the postseason?

Dallas (28-23) returns to the court against the New York Knicks (33-18) at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday in New York.


Trade Deadline Round-Up

Here are the other deals that were made on Thursday.

—  The Boston Celtics traded guard Dalano Banton to the Portland Trail Blazers for a protected second-round pick and received guard Jaden Springer from Philadelphia in a separate deal.

— The Milwaukee Bucks traded guard Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round pick to Philadelphia for guard Patrick Beverley. The Bucks also traded center Robin Lopez to Sacramento for cash considerations.

— The San Antonio Spurs received a “future second-round pick” from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Doug McDermott. Indiana is also getting guard Furkan Korkmaz, forward Marcus Morris Sr, and multiple second-round picks from Philadelphia for guard Buddy Hield and guard Cory Joseph from Golden State in separate trades.

— Former Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been traded for the third consecutive season. This time, Brooklyn is sending him to Toronto for guard Dennis Schroder and forward Thaddeus Young. Toronto is also receiving Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji from Utah for Otto Porter Jr, Kira Lewis Jr, and a protected first-round pick in another deal.

— The Detroit Pistons have traded Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks to the Knicks for guards Evan Fournier, Ryan Arciadiacono, Malachi Flynn, and Quentin Grimes, and two second-round picks. Detroit also receives forward Danuel House Jr. and a second-round pick from Philadelphia for a 2028 second-round pick.

— Oklahoma City has acquired forward Gordon Heyward from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for guards Tre Mann and Vasilije Micic, forward Davis Bertans, and undisclosed draft compensation.

— The Phoenix Suns acquired forward Royce O’Neale and guard David Roddy in a three-team deal involving draft picks with Memphis and Brooklyn.

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