The Dallas Mavericks traded down in the second round of the NBA draft on Thursday night, ending up with Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby at No. 45.
The Dallas Maverick traded pick #37 (Lithuanian forward Deividas Sirvydis) to the Detroit Pistons for the 45th pick and two future second-round picks.
With pick #45, the Mavs (via Detroit) selected Nebraska power forward Isaiah Roby.
The 6’8” Cornhusker averaged nine points, six rebounds and two blocks per game as a sophomore.
“We’re happy. We’re elated,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson, who could not elaborate on the reported deal or players involved until the trade is finalized next week.
Roby adds good size, defense and versatility to the Mavs bench.
“We got what we were looking for, plus two second-round picks,” added Nelson.
The Mavs offseason will heat-up soon.
Free agency officially begins June 30 and Dallas has the cap space to sign a high-profile free agent. Who that is, if at all, remains to be seen.
Dallas finished 33-49 last year and hasn't made the playoffs since 2015-16. The Mavericks will play their first season since 1997 without Dirk Nowitzki. The 21-year veteran and the NBA's sixth-leading scorer all-time retired following this past season.
Other Mavericks under contract for the upcoming season include: point guard Jalen Brunson, big man Dwight Powell, and 2019 trade acquisitions Tim Hardaway, Jr., Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee.