2. Trade to make now
Keeping the tenth overall pick added a bit of urgency to the Mavericks’ offseason plans because that asset turns into a player on June 22. Dallas has just over one month to decide if they want to take a prospect or trade the pick.
The Mavs need multiple assets, so it feels like trading the selection is nearly a must. Even if Dallas just trades down a few spots to get a role player or another draft pick to deal, they need that extra piece to build out their roster.
The question is what can the Mavericks get for the tenth overall pick? It appears there is a large group of similar prospects from nine to 20 in this draft, so can Dallas capitalize on their asset? Will some team fall in love with a prospect and be willing to trade up for it? Does someone decide to rebuild and look for a lottery pick to kick things off?
The Dallas Mavericks are already working the phones, and the pressure is certainly on. They cannot afford to mess this up. If they do, the Mavs could face their doomsday scenario of Luka Doncic requesting a trade.
Keeping the tenth overall pick gave the Mavs hope that they can get it right this summer, including the potential of adding another premium talent.