The Dallas Mavericks are said to be willing to take on contracts if it means they can receive draft pick compensation in return. At 22-34 on the season, this makes perfect sense. Dallas is going nowhere fast and has a few solid veteran assets, some of whom are on expiring contracts — making them more valuable for contenders.
As Dallas returned to practice on Wednesday, it was without center Andrew Bogut and point guard Deron Williams.
When asked about the absence of two of his team’s veteran contributors, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had an interesting response.
Bogut and DWill were not at practice today. Carlisle said with the trade deadline tomorrow, read what you want into it.
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) February 22, 2017
Things that make you go, “hmm.”
Both Bogut and Williams have been considered to be on the trade block with the latter being most recently linked to the Utah Jazz.
While Dallas finds itself just three games out of the final playoff spot, it surely can’t be thinking that there’s a scenario the team can contend down the stretch. If that’s the case, why not move these veteran players for future assets?
The injury-plagued Bogut is in the final year of his contract and is earning north of $11 million on the season. Despite his advanced age and injury history, the former No. 1 pick could be a valuable addition for a contending team. The same can be said for Williams, who is also in the final year of his contract.
Should Dallas move both of these players, it would surely enable the team to get draft pick compensation and potentially a youngster in return. That’s $20 million in expiring contracts, which proves to be valuable in today’s NBA.