The Dallas Mavericks fought for the entirety of the 2012-2013 NBA season, but ultimately fell short of their goal of making the postseason. They were unable to overcome the two months that they had to play without Dirk Nowitzki. Now they have their first draft pick in the lottery in over a decade.
Dallas has the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and have obvious needs that they could fill at that position. They could look to add depth to their frontcourt, try to find an answer for some of the troubles that they have in their backcourt, or could even try to just find a potential playmaker.
However, that’s not what the Mavs are planning on doing according to reports. ESPN’s Chad Ford has reported that the Mavericks are looking to trade their pick in order to create more room under the salary cap so that they will be more attractive as a potential suitor for Dwight Howard. Essentially, Dallas is reportedly willing to forego their draft pick to swing for the fences in free agency.
In actuality, this couldn’t be a more egotistical and ill-fated plan and potential move for the Mavericks. Mark Cuban is an owner that has made things happen since taking over the team, but this is, more or less, a power trip on his part. Dallas could give Howard the money, but so could other teams that have much more attractive and youthful rosters than the Mavericks.
Dallas, as their roster is currently constructed, isn’t a team that’s built for the future. If Howard were to sign there it wouldn’t be long before he was the only guy left on this team, which seems to indicate that it’s not that attractive of an option for Howard. If the Mavs are smart in this situation, they’ll hold onto their pick.