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Dallas unlikely to move into the first round


The Dallas Mavericks could make major moves this summer. As the situation stands now, though, they’re far more likely to come in free agency than during the 2019 NBA Draft.

As Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told team beat reporter Dwain Price on Thursday night, his team is unlikely to trade back into the first round, content to let the board play out until Dallas is on the clock at No. 37.

The Mavericks traded this year’s first-round pick during the 2018 draft, moving up to No. 3 by sending the No. 5 pick and their 2019 first-rounder to the Atlanta Hawks. Dallas selected Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic, the presumptive Rookie of the Year after averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. The Hawks took Trae Young, who made a late-season push for Rookie of the Year, with the fifth pick, and bookended the trade on Thursday by selecting Duke wing Cam Reddish at No. 10 overall, the pick that came over from Dallas a year ago.

In Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks boast one of the most promising young tandems in basketball. But there’s uncertainty surrounding Porzingis due to the ACL tear that caused him to miss the entirety of the 2018-19 season, and Dallas’ roster is also bereft of long-term solutions alongside its stars, leading many to believe that the team would try and trade back into the first round to bring some cheap young talent into the fold.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that the Mavericks are frontrunners to sign All-Star big man Al Horford, who’s reportedly decided against returning to the Boston Celtics.