Jun 04

Ford: Mavericks A Potential Trade Partner?

By caseyholdahl

In his newest mock draft,'s Chad Ford has the Trail Blazers selecting Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, but also notes that Portland selecting Croatian small forward Dario Saric is a "strong possibility."

And according to Ford, even if the Trail Blazers don't draft Saric, that doesn't necessarily mean that the team won't try to acquire the 19-year old international via trade ...
As we reported on the night of the draft lottery, the Mavs are likely to trade this pick at some point in an effort to clear more cap space for a run at Dwight Howard/Chris Paul.

Given NBA rules, Dallas technically can't trade the pick until after the draft, but it can reach a deal in principle before it. Sources say the Mavs have been making calls gauging interest. However, the other option is taking Saric. Dallas can get him off the cap with an agreement from Saric that he won't come to the NBA this season. The Mavs actually love Saric, so it might work for both parties. And even if they trade the pick, Saric appears to be a hot name right now. The Pelicans, Blazers, and Sixers all have significant interest in him as well and might be great trade partners.
To be honest, I know very little about Saric, but his positives/negatives sure sound a lot like Victor Claver's. Saric's averages in his fifth season with Cibona Zagreb (7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists while shooting just 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3 and 50 percent from the free throw line) are not impressive, but that's not all that uncommon for young players in Europe. And he did finish theĀ 2012 Hoop Summit with 13 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in theĀ  (he also played in the 2011 Hoop Summit).

Even if you're not a huge Saric fan, if the Mavs are looking at trades solely to clear cap space, it's possible you get a great deal on a young talent.


  1. Hooray, another benchwarming Euro whose game doesn't translate to the NBA!

    I'd like to see what -- if any -- trade value exists for deals-in-principle for Portland's three second-round picks. Is there any way to interest San Antonio, a franchise with success among its late draft picks, in a trade?

    Maybe Portland could get SA's #28 pick in exchange for Portland's second-round picks, then package the #10 and #28 to New Orleans? Even a small bump up from #10 to #6 would be SOMETHING in this draft class.

    Portland gets a better shot at a single player (and there will still be a few need-filling guys on the board at #6), and New Orleans gets to select several "maybe, maybe not" guys and sort it out during the '13-'14 season as Davis, Vasquez and Gordon spend a full season together.

    Seems win-win to me.

    by sleepesoteric on 6/4/2013 2:55 PM
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