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After trade deadline, Dallas in shape to make more noise this summer

After trade deadline, Dallas in shape to make more noise this summer

The Dallas Mavericks entered the NBA trade deadline foray with an hour left before the 2 p.m. central deadline on Thursday by trading beloved veteran guard Devin Harris to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade that saw the Mavericks receive Doug McDermott, the sharpshooting forward from the New York Knicks along with a second-round draft pick from the Nuggets (via Portland).

While the move continues the trend for Dallas towards a youth-focused rebuild (McDermott enters restricted free agency following this season and he’s just 26 years old), the Mavericks are quietly putting together the pieces to potentially add another first-round draft pick.

It’s a scenario that has been talked about in Mavericks’ circles for some time. The pick Dallas received as part of Thursday’s trade is currently No. 49. If you add that to the Mavericks’ own No. 32 pick, Dallas,(along with some of its expiring contracts) might have what it takes to put together a compelling package to another team on draft night.

What could interest the Mavericks late in the first round? Nick Neppach of 105.3 The Fan has been researching a lot of potential late first-round prospects and likes Boise State’s Chandler Hutchinson, for one. He certainly fits the long, rangy “interchangeable men” profile that Dallas is looking for as it rebuilds.

After the dust had settled on the trade deadline, Dallas also signed forward Kyle Collinsworth to a deal for the rest of the regular season. Collinsworth had been shuttling back and forth between the Mavericks and Texas Legends as the trade deadline drew nearer and had already received two 10-day contracts, the limit for a player. The deal was signed Thursday in the last day of his second 10-day deal.

Along with the remainder of the 2017-18 regular season being guaranteed, the Mavericks will have team options on Collinsworth for the next two years, allowing for both roster and financial flexibility and for him to continue to have opportunities to prove himself in NBA action.

In seven games this season, Collinsworth has averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 10 minutes.

All in all, Dallas maintained course on its youthful rebuild on Thursday and set the stage for a very interesting offseason in which the Mavericks could very well have the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.

I'm Zack Cunningham, a broadcast journalism major from Abilene Christian University's class of 2008. I've lived in Texas for 28 of my 31 years on this Earth and I've followed the Mavericks since 1998. My first memory of them was the 2001 playoffs and being extremely happy when they beat the Jazz, but sad when they lost to the Spurs in five games in the conference semifinals. However, seeing Dirk drop 42 stands out to me, punctuated by his dunk in garbage time. I covered high school sports for the Cleburne Times-Review from 2008-12 before moving into the tech industry. Most recently, in 2015 covered the Mavericks for the Fanatic briefly before moving to work with Mike Fisher at DallasBasketball.com. I am married to my beautiful wife, Jessica, and have been for just over five years now. We live in Carrollton with our dog, Zara, and cat, Drake. I'm looking forward to covering them again this season with the Fanatic!

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