Mavs acquire F/C P.J. Washington, C Daniel Gafford

League: NBA

Posted on: 09 Feb, 2024 at 03:24 AM

Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks, attempting to secure a Western Conference playoff spot, beefed up their roster with two trades on Thursday.

Dallas acquired forward/center P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets, then got center Daniel Gafford from the Washington Wizards.

The Mavericks sent forward Grant Williams, guard Seth Curry and a top-two-protected 2027 first-round draft pick to the Hornets.

Washington received center Richaun Holmes and the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2024 first-round pick.

Washington, 25, appeared in 44 games (17 starts) for the Hornets this season. He is averaging 13.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc.

In five NBA seasons, all with Charlotte, Washington boasts career averages of 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 304 games (236 starts). The Hornets selected him with the 12th overall pick of the 2019 draft out of Kentucky.

Gafford, 25, is averaging career highs in points (10.9), rebounds (eight), blocks (2.2) and assists (1.5) through 45 games this season, all starts.

He broke into the NBA with the Bulls in 2019-20, then was dealt to the Wizards in March 2021. In 292 career games (163 starts), Gafford has amassed 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

Williams, 25, was in his first season with Dallas after spending the first four campaigns of his career with the Boston Celtics. With the Mavericks, he averaged 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 47 games (33 starts).

A first-round draft pick by Boston in 2019, Williams has averaged 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 335 career games (91 starts).

The 33-year-old Curry is averaging 4.3 points and 1.4 rebounds this season. He played in 36 games (three starts) for Dallas in 2023-24.

In 474 career games (209 starts) with the Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies, Curry has averaged 10.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range in his career.

Holmes, 30, saw scant action with Dallas this season, averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 10.3 minutes over 23 games (two starts). He has career averages of 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in nine NBA seasons with the 76ers, Suns, Kings and Mavericks.

The Mavericks beat the New York Knicks on Thursday to improve to 29-23 record, in eighth place in the West. They started the day two games behind the New Orleans Pelicans, who held the sixth and final automatic Western Conference playoff position.

--Field Level Media