Ranking the Dallas Mavericks' top 9 trade assets heading into the offseason
By Tyler Watts
4. 2027 1st round pick
This is the only pick the Mavericks can certainly trade this summer. If they keep their 2023 first-rounder, they will be able to trade the top ten selection on draft night, but that would keep the protections on their 2024 and 2025 firsts along with their 2025 second-round selection. If New York gets their 2023 pick, the Mavs would be able to trade 2024, 2025, 2026, or 2027. The Stepien Rule prevents teams from trading first-round picks in consecutive years, so Dallas would only be able to deal two picks and two swaps.
The Mavericks cannot trade their 2028 first-rounder because they owe their 2029 first to the Nets from the Kyrie Irving trade.
Unprotected picks are always valuable, but the uncertainty surrounding the Mavs after missing the playoffs could make this pick more attractive. There is a scenario where Dallas has to trade Luka Doncic or he walks in free agency, and they are rebuilding in 2027. The Mavericks do not have other picks to protect it either.
The Dallas Mavericks will likely try to package this selection with other pieces to make an upgrade this summer, but finding a significant one will not be easy.