Mavericks grade: B
The Mavs might balk at trading the talented Lively, the No. 12 overall pick of the draft, it is notoriously difficult to win with young players, let alone rookies playing key roles. Lively, 19, is wiry at 230 pounds.
Dallas also has had a previous interest in Clint Capela.
Despite having multiple big men on the roster, they were even rumored to be interested in helping facilitate the Hawks’ potential trade for Siakam.
The Mavericks also waived big man JaVale McGee, clearing up some of their roster logjam, and would get to unload roughly $34 million over the next two seasons in Hardaway’s contract. As the Hawks showed in the Bey deal, second-round picks help grease the wheels of NBA transactions.
Capela, 29, would be able to step in and start ahead of trade acquisition Richaun Holmes and incumbent Dwight Powell.
Of course, the risk here is that Dallas also feels inclined to make a run at Antetkounmpo and, in trying to do right by him, the Bucks send him there – Dallas does not otherwise have the assets to outbid even the Hawks have, let alone some of the other teams that would be interested.
This deal still makes them better, even if it does cost them Lively.