5 Reasons the Dallas Mavericks should go all in next year

The Dallas Mavericks are in a precarious situation, and while no one is expecting a championship with the current roster, the clock is ticking for Dallas to cash in on their championship window.

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3. Lack of future draft capital

With the Dallas Mavericks missing the playoffs last season, they were fortunate enough to maintain their top-ten protected first-round pick that they gave away to the New York Knicks in the Kristaps Porzingis deal in 2019. However, the ramifications of that deal entail that if the pick wasn't conveyed in 2023, it would be sent to New York in 2024.

Unless the Mavericks stink the bed to the degree that they did last year, they are poised to not select in the first round of next year's NBA draft. This means no first-round talent coming into Dallas next year and the inability to trade a first-round pick whenever the 2024 NBA Draft rolls around.

On top of this, Dallas only has one tradable first-round pick (2027) and three second-round picks moving forward. This is due to the Stepien rule, which prevents NBA teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive years ahead of time, as the Mavericks' trade for Kyrie Irving cost them their 2029 first-round pick.

Dallas does have assets in terms of their wide-array of role players under the age of 25 after this past draft, but they'd certainly be much more hesitant to part with proven commodities that can serve as the bridge to contention once Irving starts to get older, compared to draft picks that don't even tangibly exist at the moment.

Dallas will have limited opportunities to improve drastically in the coming seasons, so if they get a chance to go all in, they can't balk at an offer that may hurt them slightly in the youth/draft asset department.