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Should Dallas Mavericks keep or trade their first round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, 2022 NBA Draft
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Case for Dallas Mavericks trading their first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft

The Mavs will have options on draft night, and they will likely field plenty of calls about their selection. They could look to trade up for a higher pick, trade back to garner additional assets, deal the selection for a veteran, or keep it and chose a young talent to add to the roster.

In the 2021 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns traded the 29th overall pick for Landry Shamet, who is a capable role player. The Wizards also acquired Aaron Holiday and the 31st overall pick for the 22nd selection. Deals like that will be on the table, but Dallas will be hoping they can use their 2022 first-round pick as part of a larger package.

The Mavericks want to add a second star next to Luka Doncic, and they will have assets to move if one becomes available. They could package first-round picks in 2025 (if they remove the protection from their 2023 first rounder traded to the Knicks in the original Kristaps Porzingis deal), 2027, and 2029 this summer with the 26th overall selection this year as part of a significant haul for any team willing to part with an All-Star. Who becomes available? There is always a big name on the market in the offseason.

What should the Dallas Mavericks do when their pick hits the clock in the 2022 NBA Draft?

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