Breaking news: Mavs trade  Luka Doncic to Pistons for Quentin Grimes…..

Breaking news: Mavs trade  Luka Doncic to Pistons for Quentin Grimes…

In exchange for Quentin Grimes, Dallas sends veteran swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. and three future second-round picks to Detroit.

Following their elimination in the 2024 NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks are adjusting their starting lineup.

Quentin Grimes is being acquired by the Mavs in exchange for experienced swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. from the Detroit Pistons. The Mavericks will give Detroit three future second-round picks in exchange for this trade.

The 11-year NBA veteran Hardaway shot 35.3% from three-point range and 40.2% overall last season to average 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. Hardaway was an important reserve for the Mavs throughout the regular season, but he played much less of a part during the playoffs.

Hardaway averaged 12.7 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, and 0.4 apg during Dallas’ NBA Finals run. In the Western Conference Finals, he missed three of the team’s five games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was sidelined for four of the team’s games in the first round. In the Mavs’ lone Finals victory, he had possibly his finest postseason performance to date when he scored 15 points off the bench in Game 4.

The No. 25 overall pick in the 2021 Draft, Grimes played for both the Pistons and the Knicks in his first season after being traded by New York to Detroit during the trade deadline. A knee sprain and poor shooting led to his playing in just six games with the Pistons, where he finished with 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Grimes might get his chance to shine in Dallas. Josh Green, Jaden Hardy, and Dante Exum are among the young players and veterans that make up Dallas’ backcourt depth, with Luka Doncic, the MVP candidate, and All-Star guard Kyrie Irving playing the majority of the minutes. Grimes was a consistent rotation player for the Knicks from 2022–2023 and finished the 2022–2023 season with career-highs of 11.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 71 games.

In the 2024 NBA Draft, Detroit chose G League Ignite forward Ron Holland II with the fifth overall pick. Later, according to reports, Detroit traded for forward Bobi Klintman, who was taken with the 37th overall pick. The Pistons fired coach Monty Williams earlier this month, and they will now look for a new leader as they continue their rebuild. The Pistons have only made it to the postseason twice in the previous 14 seasons, and they haven’t won one since 2008.