The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring forward P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Grant Williams, guard Seth Curry and a first-round draft pick, per NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Dallas had been seeking frontcourt help leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline and it appears they found their man. They also had been talking to the Washington Wizards about center Daniel Gafford. It appears they will land Gafford too.
As for the deal involving the Hornets, the Mavs’ pick is for 2027 and top-two protected, Charaqnia noted.
The Hornets received more trade calls on Washington than any player on the roster, per Roderick Boone of the Charlotte Observer.
“Multiple teams have inquired about Washington’s availability and the Hornets are fielding more calls on him than any other player, per league sources, even though they aren’t necessarily actively shopping him,” Boone wrote. “Washington, like (center/forward Nick Richards), has an economical contract that’s attractive to others, making him a hot commodity because any team that acquires Washington would have the versatile big man locked up for the next two seasons.”
On paper, the Mavs’ frontcourt got some major boosts in the form of Washington and Gafford.