The Dallas Mavericks are facing arguably the biggest offseason in franchise history, and it started with Tuesday night’s lottery. If Dallas fell out of the top ten, they owed their first-round pick to the New York Knicks. Instead, they held at ten. There was a sigh of relief from the Mavs after a nervous night, but that is just the beginning.
The team’s biggest priority is re-signing Kyrie Irving. They traded two starters and three draft picks to acquire the eight-time All-Star in February, but he is an unrestricted free agent this summer. There is serious concern that he may have already played his last game with the franchise. Dallas needs him back if they are going to jump back into contention next season.
The Mavericks must make multiple upgrades this summer, but they have limited assets to work with. That is why the latest rumors should come as no surprise.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks expected to shop 10th pick ahead of 2023 NBA Draft
Not one, but three insiders made it clear that Dallas intends to shop the tenth overall pick ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft. Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports said, “the Mavericks are certainly expected to explore the market for that selection in hopes of adding to their All-Star backcourt of Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving, the latter of which will become an unrestricted free agent this summer”. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto relayed a similar message, and ESPN’s Tim MacMahon Tweeted this.
This should come as no surprise. The Mavericks cannot afford to wait for a teenage prospect to blossom. They must improve their roster now around Luka Doncic or they could lose their superstar.
The question now becomes what can the Dallas Mavericks get for the tenth overall pick? They could trade their 2027 first-round pick as well, but Dallas does not have a second-round draft choice to offer. Young talents Josh Green and Jaden Hardy could be used to sweeten any trade talk, but the Mavericks need talented role players in return.
The team’s biggest needs are perimeter defense, rim protection, and rebounding. Ideally, Dallas would add at least two new starters around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving this summer. Who is available? What teams are interested in the tenth overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft? There are a lot of unanswered questions at this point, but fans can be sure that the Dallas Mavericks will be taking calls on their pick.
Will they trade it? Stay tuned to find out.