Mavs Trade Down, Try Not to Fall Asleep

Like the Dallas Cowboys did a couple months ago, the Dallas Mavericks have made the decision to fortify their roster via quantity, not quality. But in an NBA Draft that features Blake Griffin, Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden and a bunch of extras, that might not be such a bad idea.

Unwilling and/or unable to move up into the draft's Top 5, the Mavs last night swapped first-round picks with the Portland Trailblazers. The move slides Dallas' pick from 22nd to 24th overall, but also nets it a second-round pick tonight (56th) and another next year.

With Shaquille O'Neal headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of here and with Dallas now trading down, tonight's festivities will likely produce all the commotion of two moths exchanging sign language in a cotton field.

Not so sure GM Donnie Nelson would've made the right pick with a higher pick anyway, but it appears the Mavs' plan is to re-sign Jason Kidd and accessorize their "Go For It!" with a couple players tonight. At worst, No. 24 needs to crack the 8-man rotation.

Louisville small forward Earl Clark? Fine by me.




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