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Dallas Mavericks: Pass or pursue on 5 recent hypothetical trades

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Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue on hypothetical trade?: 5. Acquiring a second-round pick

The Mavs do not currently have a selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. They dealt their first-round pick to the Knicks in the Porzingis trade. Dallas shipped their second-rounder to New Orleans at the deadline to acquire J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli. Should the Mavericks trade back into this year’s draft?

Nick Crain ran through four hypothetical trades for the Mavs acquiring a second-round pick. They ranged from pick swaps to moving players for draft choices. Below is the deal that would have Dallas grabbing the highest pick.

Richardson has an $11.6 million player option for next season, and he has given no indication either way what his plans are. The Mavericks traded Seth Curry for J-Rich and a second-round pick on draft night 2020. The deal has not worked out as planned as Richardson played less than ten minutes a night in each of the final three playoff contests.

If he opts in, the Mavs may look to deal J-Rich, but it makes little sense doing it for a second-round pick. Dallas wants to jump into title contention. Trading a capable role player for a selection in the 30s does not align with that goal.

Verdict: Dallas Mavericks should pass on trading for second-round pick

It just does not make sense for the Mavs to trade a proven veteran for a young talent that will need ample time to develop.

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