The Mavericks obtained Luka Doncic extra protection and a shooter. And one other Texas staff helped out.
Dallas added Boston’s Grant Williams on a four-year deal for $53M. Whereas Williams was a key reserve for the Celtics, enjoying stable protection and taking pictures 43.3% from three-point vary in his playoff profession, Boston selected to not match his contract.
Maybe that was because of their addition of Kristaps Porzingis. Or they valued the second-round picks or the $6.2M commerce exception they obtained.
Williams was a restricted free agent, however by making the transaction a commerce, Dallas preserved their mid-level exception. They shortly used it so as to add one other restricted free agent, Portland’s Matisse Thybulle.
Thybulle made the All-Defensive second staff in 2021 and 2022. Whereas he’s restricted offensively, Dallas is betting that alongside Doncic and Kyrie Irving, they received’t want Thybulle to shoot. They’ve prioritized including defenders to their squad, which was sixth-worst within the NBA in defensive ranking final 12 months.
Why did San Antonio assist out their in-state rival, taking up Reggie Bullock’s contract and dealing out second-rounders? As a result of they’re considering forward. Seven years forward.
The Spurs obtained an unprotected first-round decide swap with the Mavericks in 2030. They’re primarily quick promoting Mavericks inventory, giving them a doubtlessly invaluable decide if Dallas is dangerous in 2029-30.
And whereas the worth was excessive, the Spurs have extra future picks than they might attainable have roster spots — they’d 14 first-rounders and 17 seconds within the subsequent seven years. Spending a number of for an opportunity at a very good future decide is a superb gamble.
Particularly as a result of in 2030, Victor Wembanyama can be simply 26 years previous and proper within the prime of his profession. Dallas is healthier now, however San Antonio may very well be a lot better later.