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Dallas Mavericks 2022 NBA Draft grades: 2 trades and select Jaden Hardy

Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft, Christian Wood
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Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft, Jaden Hardy
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Dallas Mavericks trade 2 future picks to get 37th overall selection in 2020 NBA Draft

The Mavs were rumored to be searching for a pick in the 30s leading up to draft night. GM Nico Harrison and the front office did their due diligence on the entire draft, even though they did not have a selection. Dallas was waiting to see who dropped before deciding to make a deal.

The Mavericks sent their 2024 and 2028 second-round picks to the Sacramento Kings on draft night to acquire the 37th overall pick.

Dallas was just in the conference finals and had the 54th pick in the second round. Luka Doncic will be 25 years old in 2024, and the Mavericks should only be closer to title contention. Trading two what should be late second-round picks to acquire the 37th overall pick seemed like a no-brainer.

Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft trade grade for acquiring 37th pick: A

This would have been an A-plus if the Kings did not extract the 2028 second-rounder from the Mavericks. Projecting the NBA six months into the future can be difficult, so who knows what the Mavs roster will look like in six years. Sacramento is hoping Dallas heads into a rebuild and that pick is near the top of the second round.

If the Mavericks remain in title contention, Dallas traded two future picks in the 50s for the 37th overall selection right now. Another wise move by Harrison that earns the Mavs an A grade.