Dallas Mavericks: Why they should trade their 2020 first round pick

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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic J.J. Barea (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Why Dallas Mavericks should trade their first-round pick: 3. Add a veteran

The Mavs have to decide what they want. Their need for a tough defensive-minded veteran was clear in the playoffs. The LA Clippers were the more physical team, and it helped them win the series in six games. Dallas could add a young piece with a high ceiling or deal the pick for an established veteran.

Dallas will not be able to jump into title contention next season without trading the pick. Any team giving up a marquee player will want at least one first-round draft choice in return. Even a solid role player demands a top-30 selection in the marketplace.

That is the route Dallas should go. They cannot waste a year of Luka’s contract. NBA teams get eight seasons with a superstar before he fits unrestricted free agency. Doncic has already completed two. Look no further than Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks to see that winning is a key part of keeping him. The Mavericks do not want to be in the Bucks position in 2025.

Take a shot at winning a title in 2021. Go get the veteran piece you need and make your best effort at securing a ring. That is the move for the Dallas Mavericks.

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