The Dallas Mavericks are in the most important offseason in recent memory as they will try to bounce back after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2019. Dallas went from reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2022 to being a draft lottery team in 2023.
They have to make the right moves to make Luka Doncic happy and build a core around him that will contend for years to come. This won't be easy to attain in just one summer, but a step in the right direction is crucial for Dallas.
The Mavs tanked their final two games last season to have better odds to retain their top-10 protected pick, and it worked. The NBA fined Mark Cuban $750 thousand for tanking their final game of the season, but it was worth it.
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Dallas holds the 10th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and must make the right move. Whether that's trading out of the first round entirely, trading back, or drafting a player at 10. They can't afford to miss on this pick. There have been rumors that Dallas is probably going to trade their pick, but nothing will be set in stone until June 22.
A recent move proposed by Jonathan Givony of ESPN (subscription required) has Dallas sending off the 10th overall pick along with a player in exchange for a score-first forward from the Detroit Pistons.
Let's breakdown this trade for both sides and see if this trade is worth it for Dallas and Detroit.