The Dallas Mavericks sat in fifth on the morning of the 2018 NBA Draft but were itching for a way to draft Luka Doncic. There was no way the EuroLeague MVP was going to fall that far, meaning the Mavs needed to trade up to get Luka to Dallas.
The Suns had the first overall pick but were locked in on Deandre Ayton, despite having Igor Kokoskov as their head coach who won EuroBasket 2017 with Luka. The Kings were the wildcard. Many thought there was no way that former general manager Vlade Divac could pass on Doncic, but he did for Marvin Bagley III, which opened the door for the Mavericks to trade with the Hawks to get Luka.
Doncic has two first-team All-NBA honors and a Rookie of the Year trophy in his first three NBA seasons, but things have not gone as well for Bagley. He has played less than 26 minutes per game every year and has not become a star. News broke on Oct. 19 that certainly has him on the trade block.
Should the Dallas Mavericks trade for Marvin Bagley III?
Bagley’s agent had words for the Sacramento Kings after they informed his client that he would not be in the rotation to start the 2021-2022 regular season.
The 6’11 big man has to be on the trading block as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. Sacramento did not extend Bagley meaning he will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Should the Dallas Mavericks trade for him? Here is the case for and against before reaching a verdict.