No. 3: Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks
A veteran sharp shooter, Reggie Bullock signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks in summer 2021. The talk surrounding Bullock coming to Cleveland only recently built any real traction, as the Cavaliers have pieces that the Mavericks would covet and potentially vice versa. Bleacher Report considered Bullock as a “dream” trade target for the Cavs this offseason, a realistic, but uninspiring option.
Bullock will be 33 years old at the end of his contract. As an aging role player, the potential value Bullock would bring to the Cavs is unclear. He averaged 7.2 points this past season on decent efficiency, shooting 40.9% from the field and 38% from behind the arc with five three-point attempts per game. In the 78 games Bullock appeared, he started in 55 of those.
Clearly, Reggie Bullock held a steady role in Dallas’ rotation this past season, even though the team missed the layoffs in favor of retaining a top 10 draft pick.
The issue in bringing Bullock to the Cavaliers is two fold. First of all, he has an expiring contract for a player past their prime. Unless Bullock could definitively improve the Cavs to the point of championship contention immediately, he might be a short rental with no return.
A potential trade for the Cavs getting Bullock also includes defensive juggernaut Jarrett Allen.
The problem is that the Cavaliers are simply better than anything the Mavericks can realistically offer. While Jarrett Allen struggled in the playoffs, his trade value is higher than Maxi Kleber and Bullock. The Cavaliers would make this move in a desperate overreaction. A floor spacing big would be suitable, and Bullock’s 3-and-D archetype is beneficial. Neither one raises the Cavaliers past their current status, though.