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Mavericks trade into 2nd Round of NBA Draft for Jaden Hardy

Hardy skipped college basketball and went straight to the NBA G League.
Credit: AP
Team Isiah's Jaden Hardy, of the G League Ignite, goes up for a shot against Team Worthy during a semifinal of the NBA basketball Rising Stars event, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks weren't expected to add anyone through the 2022 NBA Draft. They had reportedly traded their first-round pick and didn't have any second-round picks entering Thursday's draft.

That changed once the second round began.

The Mavs traded for the Sacramento Kings' No. 37 overall pick in order to get the NBA G League's Jaden Hardy.

The Mavs gave up two future second-round picks in the deal.

Hardy, a five-star recruit out of high school, skipped college basketball and joined the NBA G League in 2021.

Nearly a year ago, he was a projected top-10 pick for the 2022 Draft but a disappointing year in the G-League dropped the 19-year-old's ranking among the prospects.

However, he still led the G League's Ignite with nearly 20 points per game.

As for the rest of the draft, the Mavs entered Thursday night with the No. 26 overall pick, but that pick will be going to the Houston Rockets in a trade for center Christian Wood. That trade is expected to finalized and deemed official by Friday.

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