Do Mavs have draft picks available post-Kyrie Irving trade to upgrade around Luka Doncic?

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 9, and the Mavericks may not be done dealing.

Update: Feb. 5: This post was originally published on Jan. 24. It has been updated after the Mavericks' sent three draft picks to Brooklyn in exchange for Nets' star Kyrie Irving.

The 2023 NBA trade deadline is approaching and the Dallas Mavericks are apparently swinging big.

On Sunday the Mavericks sent three draft picks, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith to Brooklyn in exchange for Kyrie Irving, pairing the Nets’ star with Dallas’ own in Luka Doncic.

But the Mavericks might not be done shopping before the Feb. 9 deadline, and believe it or not they do have a remaining crop of draft picks that can be used to add another piece to this roster in preparation for another playoff run.

While many watch to see how Dallas’ leadership will leverage future draft assets now and in the offseason, here’s a breakdown of the Mavericks’ current stash of draft picks — or lack thereof — from this season until 2030.


First round: None

Second round: None

Four years and one front-office overhaul after making the January 2019 Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Mavericks will finally finish paying their debt to the New York Knicks with a second and final first-round pick.

The top-10 lottery protection on that pick to the Knicks is unlikely to matter as Dallas remains on track for a fourth consecutive playoff berth.

Buckle up for the chaos that is the second-round fallout.

The Mavericks at one point held two second-round picks in 2023 — their own and Miami’s, which Dallas received when it traded A.J. Hammons to the Heat in 2017.

They now possess neither.

The Grizzlies will receive the lower of those two spots as part of the 2019 sign-and-trade for Delon Wright, and Memphis might then send the pick to the Boston Celtics as part of a November 2020 deal that depends on protections to the Houston Rockets’ second-round pick.

The Mavericks will also send the better of the two second rounders to Oklahoma City as part of their three-team trade with the Thunder and Pistons to acquire James Johnson in November 2020. Oklahoma City could then send the pick to the Nuggets if the draft order meets certain conditions from a June 2023 trade with Denver.



First round: One

Second round: None

The Mavericks haven’t traded a first-round pick beyond their 2023 cap to the original Porzingis deal, and the NBA does not permit teams to trade first rounders in consecutive years before draft night.

Their second-round selection in 2024 will go to the Sacramento Kings as the first of two they used to move back into the 2022 second round to select Jaden Hardy.


First round: One

Second round: One

How about a much simpler outlook — at least for now?

The Mavericks still hold the rights to both of their 2025 draft picks, but expect them to soon try to capitalize on post-Porzingis trade flexibility and package their increasing draft assets in a move to pair Doncic with a legitimate co-star for a championship-level core.


First round: One

Second round: None

The Mavericks will send their second-round pick this year to the Thunder to cap their payout for the November 2020 James Johnson trade. Oklahoma City could then move that pick to Miami or Houston, depending on draft order and conditions from their more recent trades.

Also of note in this offseason: Doncic’s rookie supermax extension includes a player option in the final year, for the 2026-27 offseason. That means he could opt to enter the open market as early as Summer 2026.


First round: One

Second round: None

Dallas’ 2027 second-round pick was used in the Kyrie Irving trade. Don’t expect the remaining first-rounder to stay in the Mavericks’ possession until 2027 as general manager Nico Harrison and Co. operate in win-now mode while Doncic ascends to his prime.

If he does not elect to sign another extension or opt out of his 2026-27 player option on his current contract, Doncic will be a free agent in Summer 2027.

Until Doncic’s future becomes clearer, teams willing to engage in trade talks around the Mavericks’ first-round draft picks will likely covet ones in 2027 and beyond — when there is a chance Doncic could be playing elsewhere and the Mavericks’ selections could be higher.


First round: One

Second round: None

The Mavericks’ second-round pick will go to Sacramento to complete the 2022 draft-night deal for Jaden Hardy.


First round: None

Second round: None

The Mavericks sent both their first- and second-round picks in 2029 — along with Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith and the aforementioned 2027 second-rounder — to Brooklyn in exchange for Kyrie Irving.

The NBA does not allow teams to trade draft picks more than seven years in advance.


First round: One

Second round: One

By the 2030 draft, Luka Doncic will be 31 years old, 11 years into his NBA career. The youngest draft prospects — who must turn 19 during the 2030 calendar year, per the NBA’s current collective bargaining rules — will have been born within months of the Mavericks’ 2011 championship.

Twitter: @CallieCaplan

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