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Can the Dallas Mavericks acquire a star to pair with Luka Doncic in 2023?

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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks will have a full cupboard of picks after the 2023 draft

The Mavs traded two first-round picks for the right to move up two spots to select Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft, and he was so good as a teenage rookie that the front office traded for another young All-Star in hopes of creating a dynamic duo.

The Kristaps Porzingis trade never worked out as planned. He struggled to stay healthy, and KP wanted more touches, especially in the post. Dallas gave up two more first-round picks to acquire him, and they had to attach a second-rounder to his max contract to move on at last season’s trade deadline.

The Mavericks owe their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the original Porzingis deal. It is top ten protected, but both teams expect it to convey next summer. Dallas will have a full chest of future draft capital to trade if it does.

The Mavs lack young assets to pair with the picks, but they will at least be able to join the conversation in acquiring a star player with four first-rounders and three swaps to offer. President of basketball operations and general manager Nico Harrison knows that is the only way Dallas can land a star in 2023.

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