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With the NBA playoff picture starting to take real shape, teams left out in the cold are already planning their offseasons.
For the Dallas Mavericks, that means thinking about the draft, free agency and potential trades. One name being mentioned — center Dwight Powell.
The former second-round pick of the Charlotte Hornets (2014) has turned into a steady pro and is averaging career-highs of 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds through 64 games.
So could the Mavs deal Powell with his value continue to grow? Perhaps, wrote Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
“Certainly could be a possibility if they pull in one of the marquee centers in the draft and decide to keep somebody like Salah Mejri, Johnathan Motley, Nerlens Noel or Max Kleber,” Sefko wrote. “The way Powell has played lately, he’s a bargain at under $10 million next season. But can the Mavericks get somebody better to fill that role?”
It’s interesting to think Powell is more highly thought of than Noel, selected with the sixth overall draft pick in 2013. But that appears to be the case and with a draft loaded with big men, and the Mavs owning a lottery pick, suddenly, Powell could bring back some nice pieces.