Dallas Mavericks

Wait or move up: Is a draft-day trade worth it for Mavericks?


Is there a trade market in the top-10 selections of the 2017 NBA Draft that fits the Dallas Mavericks?

Maybe. Maybe not.

The Mavericks will begin today’s NBA Draft with the ninth overall selection.

For now, they have only one selection.

A trade tonight is always a possibility and for the Mavericks, it could mean getting better for the next few years while getting rid of contracts at the same time.

One name that’s been thrown around the last couple months has been Wesley Matthews, who made over $17 million last season. Another asset could be Dwight Powell at $8.3 million.

If Dallas can find buyers, the Mavericks could get another pick or two either this year or in next year’s draft.

Dirk Nowitzki turned 39 on Monday, and with all the moves the Mavericks made last season – getting younger is the obvious direction for the franchise.

Dallas likely won’t get Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox.

However, a trade could put Kentucky guard Malik Monk in play.

Monk is an explosive athlete and one of the more underrated players in the draft. In 38 games with the Wildcats, 6-foot-3 guard averaged 19.8 points in 32 minutes per game. He’s undersized – he only has a 6-foot-4 wingspan – but does have a 42-inch vertical. If Monk puts on some weight and muscle combined with his athleticism, he’s going to be a good player for years.

If there are no surprises and the Mavericks stay at No. 9, they’ll likely have to choose between Frank Ntilikina of France, Lauri Markkanen of Arizona and perhaps Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State.

Those are still pretty good choices.

NBA Draft

6 tonight (ESPN)

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

First round

1. Philadelphia

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston

4. Phoenix

5. Sacramento

6. Orlando

7. Minnesota

8. New York Knicks

9. Dallas Mavericks

10. Sacramento

11. Charlotte

12. Detroit

13. Denver

14. Miami

15. Portland

16. Chicago

17. Milwaukee

18. Indiana

19. Atlanta

20. Portland

21. Oklahoma City

22. Brooklyn

23. Toronto

24. Utah

25. Orlando

26. Portland

27. Brooklyn

28. Los Angeles Lakers

29. San Antonio

30. Utah

Round 2

31. Atlanta

32. Phoenix

33. Orlando

34. Sacramento

35. Orlando

36. Philadelphia

37. Boston

38. Chicago

39. Philadelphia

40. New Orleans

41. Charlotte

42. Utah

43. Houston

44. New York Knicks

45. Houston

46. Philadelphia

47. Indiana

48. Milwaukee

49. Denver

50. Philadelphia

51. Denver

52. Washington

53. Boston

54. Phoenix

55. Utah

56. Boston

57. Brooklyn

58. New York Knicks

59. San Antonio

60. Atlanta

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