A mid-season roster change might do the Dallas Mavericks any good. The team could swap Wesley Matthews and JJ Barea for Denver Nuggets wingmen Wilson Chandler and Will Barton.
Matthews has failed to live up to his four-year, $70 million contract. A change of scenery might be in order for him.
JJ Barea has proven to be a reliable backup point guard all these years, but he is getting up there in age. The Mavericks might want to replace him with fresher legs.
According to Nugg Love’s Tim Hart, the trade would benefit both the Mavericks and Nuggets. As far as the salary cap is concerned, the four-player swap is financially compatible.
Chandler and Barton will add versatility and youth to a team whose starting unit features three players above 30. Dirk Nowitzki is 38, Deron Williams is 32 and newly-acquired center Andrew Bogut is 31 with questionable legs.
Chandler is a two-way player who is reliable on offense and defense. He doesn’t light up the score sheet like Matthews occasionally does, but the Mavericks can expect a consistent output from him each night. Last season, he put up 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, Basketball Reference noted.
Barton is a highlight reel waiting to happen. His rim-rattling dunks would electrify the crowd at American Airlines Center, more so than Deron Williams’ sick crossovers.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard can score in a hurry and is a surprisingly good rebounder for his position. As per ESPN, Barton averaged 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Nuggets last season.
The Nuggets will be eager to part ways with Chandler and Barton since the team already has a surplus of talent. What the Nuggets need are veterans who could help mentor rising stars Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray.
JJ Barea would fit into that role perfectly. Matthews would be the team’s main scoring option while the youngsters are still busy learning the nooks and crannies of the NBA game.