Dallas Mavericks Bolster Depth With Acquisition of PJ Washington

The Dallas Mavericks went into this trade deadline period with the hopes of upgrading their talent in the frontcourt.

Based on the trade Dallas just executed, it seems as if everything went according to plan.

The Mavericks reportedly traded guard Seth Curry, forward Grant Williams, and a 2027 first-round pick to the Charlotte Hornets. In exchange, Charlotte sent forward P.J. Washington to Dallas. Charlotte is in a total rebuild at this point. Washington’s value plummeted with the emergence of both Miles Bridges and Brandon Miller.

Making $16 million a year, Charlotte decided to get off of his contract to free up cap space. Landing the first-round pick is the real asset in this deal for the Hornets. Curry likely won’t have a long-term future with his hometown team, and Williams moves over after a very disappointing (and short) tenure with the Mavs. As for Dallas, Washington immediately upgrades its power forward position.

We’ve seen glimpses over the years of a player with some real upside. While his shooting numbers are down, he’s still a rugged, physical player with long arms and a nice touch around the rim. Knowing that Luka Doncic will be proving him with open looks, one could envision a scenario in which Washington’s efficiency and shooting numbers tick up.

At the very least, you’re looking at a young forward who can come in right away and positively impact the starting lineup. Dallas now has a more athletic feel to its group, and a player who could be just scratching the surface as to how good he can be down the line. On the year, Washington is averaging 13.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG on 44.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three-point range.