Why The Dallas Mavericks Should Trade Deron Williams to Cleveland
The time has come for the Dallas Mavericks and Deron Williams to part ways.
The Dallas Mavericks are in the middle of a three-game win streak, a streak that includes beating the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio, for the first time since 2010.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Dallas Mavericks comfortably beat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers the next night.
Deron Williams was unable to play in the last four games due to a left toe sprain.
While Deron Williams has been out with his injury the Dallas Mavericks have found a diamond in the rough with point guard Yogi Ferrell.
Ferrell was cut earlier this season by the Brooklyn Nets, a team one would think a young player could find plenty of burn, considering Brooklyn is nowhere near contending for a playoff spot. In any case, Ferrell found his way to Dallas on a 10-day contract.
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The contract will be up Monday and there is a report per Mavericks insider Mike Fisher about a possible two-year contract for the 6-foot point guard.
Williams has missed 12 games this season. In all fairness to Williams, the Mavericks season theme this campaign should be titled “Who’s Out Tonight?”
The Mavericks have dealt with numerous injuries to guys from the bench all the way up to future Hall Of Famer Dirk Nowitzki. Saying all this doesn’t change the fact that Williams isn’t getting younger and isn’t needed on a team that, including him, has three point guards older than 30.
Don’t get it wrong, he is still a valuable player to have on a team; however, the Dallas Mavericks don’t really need him anymore unless they truly want to make the eighth seed. The upcoming draft is full of point guards and that is what the Mavericks need.
Sure, Yogi Ferrell is also a point guard, but in this case, it would be smart to keep developing a young backcourt. In a worst-case scenario, Ferrell comes off the bench; from what we know so far, that seems like a good scenario to be in.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the other side of the NBA spectrum when it comes to competing. They are not only looking to be competitive, but also they are trying to be the first team to pull off a repeat since well, LeBron James and the Miami Heat did it in 2012-13.
James publicly lobbied for a playmaker recently.
“We need a f***king playmaker”
That’s about as frank as he could have been about the matter. The Cavaliers’ poker face has been revealed, they are clearly not in cruise control. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, Williams isn’t the only player on the Cavaliers list of potential final piece(s) to the roster.
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Per Chris Haynes of ESPN, the team coordinated a mega-workout for Lance Stephenson, Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich.
The first two on that list are interesting and definitely reasonable players to sign. With all due respect to Hinrich, at this point in his career it’s safe to say he isn’t a difference maker for a championship team.
Stephenson hasn’t had the best track record since leaving the Indiana Pacers after the 2013-14 season. Since then he has played on four different teams.
Chalmers suffered an Achilles injury late last season and might not be the same player he was when James and him were winning championships in Miami.
Williams is a player who can get you buckets when you need them the most. He isn’t just a spot up shooter that James and Kyrie Irving will have to create for. Last March, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon gave the public this eye-popping stat-line that provides more proof for the argument:
Deron Williams clutch stats this season: 127 points, 50.0 FG%, 51.6 3%, 93.5 FT%, 26 assists, 6 TOs, plus-51 in 170 minutes.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 21, 2016
Now of course that was last season, but either way you spin it those are impressive numbers. This season Williams also has eight games where he scored at least 20 points.
Cleveland would be in a better position come playoff time equipped with Williams, the coveted playmaker in their second unit.
In return the Dallas Mavericks would have more minutes to give to Yogi Ferrell, which could possibly lead to having a better position in the draft when the season is over.
The time is now for both teams to press the button, I know I have. In their case, the actual button, not the button I have been pressing on the ESPN trade machine.