So, you can pretty much do whoever you want as the third team in this type of deal. I picked the Dallas Mavericks as they’re a personal favorite of mine dating back to Jason Kidd’s first stint on the squad. So why wouldn’t I want to see them get better? Just as long as they don’t get as good as the Cleveland Cavaliers, that is.
So in this deal, the Pistons make out pretty well. They get three viable young players in Isaac Okoro, Dylan Windler, and Josh Green, and then scraps they can either trade or just release. They also get four draft picks, a first-rounder from Dallas and three seconds from Cleveland.
The Mavericks make out pretty well too. They get a young piece in Saddiq Bey who may be able to develop a bit more with Luka Doncic. They also get a second play-maker in Caris LeVert, giving the Mavs a genuine bench option to limit Doncic’s usage.
The Cavs get their guy in Bojan Bogdanovic but also some help in securing their low post defense by getting back JaVale McGee, a former Cavalier who played very well during his first stint with the team a few years back.