Mavericks trade for Frank Ntilikina in hypothetical deal: Should they?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina
Dallas Mavericks Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Should the Dallas Mavericks make the trade for Frank Ntilikina?

Bleacher Report outlines a fair and well thought out trade here. Justin Jackson fell out of the Mavs rotation in the playoffs, but he is only 25 years old. New York takes a shot at unlocking his potential. If things do not work out, Jackson departs in free agency after the upcoming season.

The crux of this deal is what is the 31st overall pick worth to the Mavericks. Second-round draft choices are not subjected to the regimented contract structure that first-rounders are which can be an advantage. The top selection in the round figures to have plenty of suitors. Would Frank Ntilikina be the best offer Dallas could get for the 31st overall pick?

The Mavs should not make this trade. One, they can probably find a better fit for their roster with the selection. Dallas would have to believe they can improve Ntilikina’s shot and unlock his defensive potential. The contract is a massive part too. Ntilikina has just one year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Dallas could lock in the draft pick for four seasons before he hits the market.

The Mavericks could trade their draft picks, but they would want a veteran that can make an immediate impact in return.

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