Dallas Mavericks cannot trade for a star to pair with Luka Doncic until next summer
The Mavs owe their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks with a top ten protection. Doncic will have Dallas back in the playoffs in 2023 and looking to make another deep run, so the selection should convey. If it does, the Mavericks will have all of their first-round picks for the first time since landing Luka via trade during the 2018 NBA Draft.
They will need all of those picks to acquire a second star. The Rudy Gobert trade raised the value of a star player as the Timberwolves were willing to give up four first-round picks, and the Cavaliers just surrendered three unprotected picks and two swaps for Donovan Mitchell. It will cost the Mavericks all their first-round picks for a star because they do not have a young talent to offer in the deal.
Having the full cupboard of first-round picks means avoiding adding a rotation piece at the trade deadline to improve their roster. The Mavs must plan on trying to land a second star, and they will need to get a little lucky to do it. Dallas must find a team looking to rebuild with a star player wanting out. One will be available, but how eager will the team be to acquire only draft capital?
The Dallas Mavericks will have the opportunity to acquire a second star starting next summer. Will they do it? Stay tuned to find out.