The Dallas Mavericks today traded forward Mark Aguirre to the Detroit Pistons in exhange for forward Adrian Dantley and the Pistons' first-round draft choice in 1991.

If the Mavericks take part in the 1988-89 Western Conference finals, the Pistons also would receive Cleveland's 1989 second-round draft pick, obtained by Dallas in June 1986 in exchange for Mark Price. The Pistons also would receive the Mavericks' 1991 second-round draft choice, according to a statement released by the Mavericks."The trade of Mark Aguirre from the Dallas Mavericks became inevitable," said Mavericks Chief Officer and General Manager Norm Sonju. "It was important to us to attempt to replace his scoring, because when Mark's game is on he's a very effective scorer, both from the low post and outside."

Mavericks players were overjoyed with the Aguirre trade.

Center James Donaldson said: "There was a night-and-day difference in practice this morning after we heard the news. We were ready to get somebody that would come in here and play hard every night. Mark would just loaf around and not give good effort in some games."

Dantley, who will be 33 on Feb. 28, is the 10th-leading scorer in NBA history. Among active players, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone have socred more than Dantley's 21,830 career points.