Case Dallas Mavericks trading draft picks for talent now
The Mavs could have a role player now or a superstar in two years. Dallas will have their 2022 first-round pick because of the Stepien Rule, and they should trade it for a role player on draft night. The Mavericks want to win now and that moves fits that timeline.
They should keep the rest of their draft choice until after their first-rounder heads to New York in 2023. The moment that draft is in the books, the Mavericks will be able to deal their firsts in 2025, 2027, and 2029. That makes them mighty dangerous.
Having three first-round picks to trade puts Dallas in the running for acquiring another superstar. Kristaps Porzingis can also opt out of his contract in 2023 or will be entering the final year of his deal. The Mavs could have the cap space to sign a star and draft capital to trade for another one. It sets up the moment for Dallas to build not just a title contender, but the favorite to win it all.
The Dallas Mavericks should avoid dealing a first-rounder for a role player now with a larger view in mind. Their easiest path to building a title team around Luka Doncic is waiting to have multiple picks to trade for another star player.