Dallas Mavericks Should Trade for Detroit Pistons SG Avery Bradley
The Detroit Pistons have lost eight consecutive games and have made shooting guard Avery Bradley available in trade talks. Detroit has struggled to build a playoff contender over the years and by getting rid of Bradley that will help ensure that they will get something for him before he is scheduled to become a free agent. A team that should consider acquiring Avery Bradley are the Dallas Mavericks.
Bradley is currently averaging 15 points in his seventh NBA season. Dallas has plenty of cap space and they could use some extra help on offense.
If they can find a suitor for Wesley Matthews, whose contract expires in 2019, then that would allow Bradley to take over the Mavs’ shooting guard spot for future seasons.
The Mavs would certainly be a team on the rise with Bradley’s arrival. Rookie Dennis Smith is averaging close to 15 points a game and veteran Dirk Nowitzki has played in every game this season, averaging 12 points.
Small forward Harrison Barnes has 18.4 points a contest and leads the Mavs in the rebound department with 6.8.
J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell have played significant minutes this season. Barea leads the club in assists with almost six a game. Ferrell has put up over 10 points per game in his second NBA season; he’s also played about 29 minutes per contest.
Dallas will have several players become free agents at season’s end, which includes Nerlens Noel, Devin Harris, and Salah Mejri. Mejri averages 1.2 blocks per game.
Bradley could help the Mavs now and in the future. Why trade for him now? Other teams are sure to try to reel Bradley in. The shooting guard may avoid Dallas because the team has been bad of late and so, if the Mavs can trade for him now and show him the potential the team has then it’s more likely that he signs a contract extension with them.
It’s not a perfect plan, but Dallas needs something to work with going forward, because now it doesn’t appear as though the Mavs are going anywhere.