5 Trades the Dallas Mavericks could make with the 10th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft
By Blake Gibbs
1. Indiana Pacers
Why do the Pacers do this deal?
Indiana has been going through a rebuilding process for a while now. Last season, they started to show a little improvement with their youth movement. However, they are still a few years away from possibly being a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
Adding the Mavericks' tenth pick would give them four first-round picks in the 2023 draft, including two picks in the top ten. This trade would also give them an additional 2027 first-round pick.
That would be a great way to build a potential contender going forward.
Throwing in two veterans, whom Rick Carlisle is familiar with, could be a great bridge for them until their youngsters round into form. Hardaway Jr. and Kleber would also be great locker-room influences.
Myles Turner is 27 years old and simply doesn't fit their timeline. He is an unrestricted free agent in 2025, which would be the earliest the Pacers could expect to start seriously competing. Most likely, Indiana is two to four years away from where they want to be.
Why does Dallas do this deal?
Giving up the last two remaining first-round picks that the Mavs can trade for the foreseeable future, for one player, is a little bit of a tough pill to swallow. However, Turner would instantly become one of the most impactful centers in franchise history.
Turner is coming off a season that saw him average career highs in points per game (18), rebounds per game (7.5), field goal percentage (54.8), effective field goal percentage (61.2), and free throw attempts per game (4.5). He also shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range on four attempts per game.
He is also one of the premier shot blockers in the NBA and would instantly help cover up for the lack of perimeter defense on the Dallas roster.
Offensively, his post-game has continued to develop over the years to a point where he now has both a decent hook shot and an impressive post fade. He has progressed to the point where he is a legitimately respectable three-level scorer.
His rebounding isn't as strong as you would like it to be for a starting center, but he's still adequate and miles better than anything the Dallas Mavericks have put on the floor in recent years.