Report: Mavericks looking to move out of the 1st round?

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With the NBA Draft rapidly approaching, the trade rumors are likely to start flying. It seems that many teams aren’t satisfied with what this class has to offer, and are looking to trade down and acquire assets for the future. Reports say that you can probably be add Mark Cuban and his Dallas Mavericks to that list, as they are reportedly shopping their late-lottery 13th draft pick.

Here are some details courtesy of SI’s Bill Carey via the Dallas Morning News:

The Dallas Mavericks are likely to trade the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft to help free cap space to pursue Dwight Howard, reports The Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko.

Dallas is being careful to leave enough cap space to offer a max contract to Howard – or possibly another top free agent, like the Clippers’ Chris Paul. The No. 13 pick would come with a $1.7 million salary, which would force Dallas to make other moves to keep enough cap space clear, Sefko reports.

The piece goes on to say that there is an “80 percent chance” Dallas moves their pick.

For the Mavericks, their toughest task will be finding a trading partner that is willing to move up. Free agency will be key for the team, as they struck out last year on Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. I see their chances of landing Chris Paul or Dwight Howard this year as very slim, so rebuilding may be the way to go.

However, Dirk Nowitzki isn’t getting any younger, and it would be a tough sell to the prideful star forward. If they do manage to make the move, it would not be difficult for the Mavs to make additional moves to make a run at Howard or Paul, as they possess many attractive veteran pieces for a contending team, such as Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.

The Mavericks are faced with one of the tougher decisions you have to make as a franchise if this plan backfires, as blowing the team up is the only logical next step. Much like Kevin Garnett in Boston, I don’t see Nowitzki wanting to waste his last 2-3 years of his career knowing he has no chance to contend for a championship, and as hard as it may be for all parties involved, the Mavs would be doing Dirk a disservice if they didn’t explore trading him.

By: Frank Santos- Pass the Pill Manager

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