Dirk Nowitzki threw something as he watched the NBA Draft lottery
NBA trade rumors are all the rage right now.
One rumor that has been confirmed by multiple outlets is that the Memphis Grizzlies are shopping their No. 4 pick. The catch is that any potential suitor must also take on forward Chandler Parsons and his albatross of a contract that carries a cap hit of just over $24 million for this season and the next.
Mike Fisher of 247Sports.com reported that the Mavericks are interested in a potential deal with the Grizzlies, Parsons' contract and all. Dallas has the necessary cap room to shoulder that fiscal burden.
Getting rid of Parsons gives Memphis the cap room they reportedly desire to chase a major free agent and make a playoff run next season (both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are set to return from major injuries).
But it's highly likely that Dallas would have to give up either Harrison Barnes or the team's first-round pick in next year's draft (one that is also likely to land in the lottery). Reports have stated the Mavericks refuse to include Barnes as part of the deal, even if it might be to their benefit in the long run.
But for the sake of this exercise, let's say Mark Cuban and his front office decide to roll the dice on a deal where the Mavericks send an unprotected first-round pick in next year's draft in return for the Grizzlies' No. 4 pick this year, along with Parsons and his contract.
By executing that swap, the Mavericks are able to address their needs on the offensive and defensive end of the court.
1. Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona, 7-0, 260 pounds
He's been in this slot in all of our mock drafts and pretty much every expert has him going No. 1, too.
2. Sacramento Kings, Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke, 6-11, 235
This is where things take a turn. Oddsmakers have Luka Doncic as the favorite, but the odds of this downtrodden franchise zigging when everyone expects them to zag continues their trend of questionable personnel decisions.
3. Atlanta Hawks, Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State, 6-11, 240
He might have failed the "Wolf of Wall Street" test at the combine. But his ability to further develop a two-way game in the paint and away from the basket outweigh his inconsistent motor.
4. Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, SG, Real Madrid, 6-7, 220
He's exactly the offensive weapon the Mavericks need. And despite his weaknesses, fans have to be giddy about pairing the native Slovenian with Dirk Nowitzki on and off the court.
5. Dallas Mavericks, Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas, 7-0, 215
Our own Mac Engel eloquently put forth the argument against drafting the Texas Longhorns product. However, if they get Doncic, adding Bamba and his elite defensive skills makes sense.
6. Orlando Magic, Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri, 6-11, 216
The missed draft workouts dropped him here. Comparing yourself to Kevin Durant doesn't help, either.
7. Chicago Bulls, Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma, 6-2, 180
The Bulls luck out here. Kris Dunn might be a career backup and Cameron Payne barely puts out a double-digit scoring average.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from BKN), Wendell Carter Jr., C, Duke, 6-10, 26
If you've watched a single second of the NBA Finals, then you know that LeBron James has virtually no scoring help. Maybe Carter plays a factor in convincing James to stay in Cleveland.
9. New York Knicks, Colin Sexton Jr., PG, Alabama, 6-2, 183
He checks almost all the boxes for a potentially elite point guard. And the Knicks don't need a home run, they need a double.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from L.A. Lakers), Mikal Bridges, SG, Villanova, 6-7, 210
You could probably count the number of mocks that don't have the 76ers taking Bridges on one hand. He might also have the opportunity to learn from J.J. Reddick, if the pending free agent takes a pay cut.
11. Charlotte Hornets, Miles Bridges, PF, Michigan State, 6-7, 225
The franchise should make the painful decision to trade All-Star guard Kemba Walker. But new general manager Mitch Kupchak is aggressive and will look to find a more NBA-ready player at an equally pressing position of need.
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit), Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami, 6-4, 192
Apparently, his stock is rising. The Clippers have multiple positions of need.
13. Los Angeles Clippers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky, 6-6, 171
Patrick Beverley underwent major knee surgery last November and will turn 30 in July. Assuming he comes back healthy, he will serve as a mentor to this developmental point guard.
14. Denver Nuggets, Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky, 6-9, 205
He can play small forward and power forward in a small-ball lineup. The team's starters at those positions are 30-year-old Wilson Chandler and 33-year-old Paul Millsap.
15. Washington Wizards, Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M, 6-8, 240
It would be a major steal for this team if the center dropped this far down. Starting center Martin Gortat will turn 35 next season.
16. Phoenix Suns (from MIA), Keita Bates-Diop, SF/PF, Ohio State
The Suns' new starting lineup will include Ayton, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, Devin Booker and Tyler Ullis. It's an extremely young starting five and could give it some versatility on defense.
17. Milwaukee Bucks, Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech, 6-5, 19
Guards Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon had abysmal postseasons. Milwaukee needs to swing for the fences here.
18. San Antonio Spurs, Khyri Thomas, PG/SG, Creighton, 6-3, 200
It's so difficult to predict what Greg Popovich is going to do in the draft. At some point, they are going to need to get younger in the backcourt.
19. Atlanta Hawks (from MIN), Gary Trent Jr., SG, Duke, 6-6, 209
They need a ton of help at both guard spots. Trent has good height for a shooting guard in today's NBA.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from OKC via UTA), Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova, 6-5, 205
This could be one of the last picks of the Tom Thibodeau era. DiVincenzo made the right call to leave school.
21. Utah Jazz, Dzanan Musa, SF, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6-8, 190
Musa needs to add some muscle. But he fills a major need.
22. Chicago Bulls (from NO), Chandler Hutchinson, SF, Boise State, 6-7, 193
Hutchinson's 3-point shooting stats will need to come up. However, he won't have to carry a heavy scoring burden like he did at Boise State.
23. Indiana Pacers, Trevon Duval, PG, Duke; 6-3, 193
The Pacers need a solid, plug-and-play point guard. Duval earned a ton of reps playing for Coach K.
24. Portland Trail Blazers, Anfernee Simons, PG, IMG Academy
He is coming off a post-graduate year in high school, which makes him eligible. Call him Damian Lillard insurance.
25. Los Angeles Lakers (from CLE), Landry Shamet, PG, Wichita State, 6-4, 180
Ideally, there would be a replacement available for the likely departure of Julius Randle in free agency. It's also possible that Magic Johnson is counting on free agency to bring in reinforcements at forward.
26. Philadelphia 76ers, Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA, 6-1, 185
Holiday had a solid college career for the Bruins. He will become the backup point guard the 76ers needed in their 2018 playoff series against the Celtics.
27. Boston Celtics, Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova, 6-2, 200
Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart could both be gone by this time next year. Head coach Brad Stevens will have no trouble coaching this four-year college starter.
28. Golden State Warriors, Troy Brown, SF, Oregon, 6-7, 210
For the second year in a row this franchise takes a high-potential forward from Oregon. Brown was a five-star recruit who didn't get much of a chance to shine on a middling Ducks team.
29. Brooklyn Nets (from TOR), Devonte' Graham, PG, Kansas, 6-2. 180
D'Angelo Russell needs a backup not named Jeremy Lin or Spencer Dinwiddie. He could make for an excellent point guard on a second unit.
30. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU via LAC), Grayson Allen, SG, Duke, 6-4, 185
In our last draft he fell to the Mavericks in the second round. The Hawks need his shooting.