Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:
Do you think the Mavs will try to move up from No. 33?
Sefko: My gut tells me that Nos. 5 and 33 wouldn’t be enough to move up even one spot in the draft to No. 4. It would take more. The Mavericks like the 33rd pick. Players between about 15 and 40 could all be interchangeable. No need to spend to get any higher. Now, if they wanted to drop to, say, Nos. 7 and 22 (Chicago’s picks) for the fifth pick? That might be intriguing, although they likely would want to poach more than that.
Who do you think the Mavs are interested in at 33?
Sefko: Funny you should ask. That was the subject of our story in Monday’s DMN that you can find here: https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-mavericks/mavericks/2018/06/17/mavericks-will-looking-get-second-round-nba-draft. Basically, you’re looking for a Jae Crowder but hoping somehow for a Draymond Green.
Will the Mavs use all six of their picks or could you see them trading one of their second rounders?
Sefko: Six picks? Did they make a trade that I don’t know about? The way I see it, they have Nos. 5, 33 and 54. They need to hit a star-level player at 5 and somebody who can make the team at 33. At 54, it’s a total crap shoot. And, yes, a deal is always possible with the Mavericks.
Dallas Mavs should trade Barnes for Parsons and the No. 4 pick. Back-to-back picks do something right Mark, Donnie. it’s time to get back in the playoffs.
Sefko: Yes, let’s trade Barnes, who is playing like a No. 4 pick, for an unproven player and a $50 million salary-cap albatross. That makes perfect sense. Good grief.