DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks stepped back from the NBA draft in a deal with Sacramento, signing G League player Jaden Hardy after the Kings drafted him 37th overall in the second round on Thursday night, a person with knowledge of the second round said. deal.
Dallas was on the cusp of going without a draft pick for the second straight year before going back in. The Mavericks are sending two future second-round picks to the Kings, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade hadn’t taken place. t has been announced.
The Mavericks had the 26th pick in the first round, but traded it from Houston for Christian Wood last week in a bid to improve their frontcourt after being exposed to a five-game loss to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals.
King chose the G League Ignite over the college route after a high school career in Nevada, earning a reputation for long-range shooting in the development league, averaging 19.8 points while shooting just 38%.
Hardy, who turns 20 next month, was a potential lottery voter before a poor start to the G League season damaged his draft stock. He played with his brother, former UNLV and Oregon player Amauri Hardy.
Detroit-raised Hardy interrupted his senior high school season when he averaged 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game. A few months later, he announced that he would be joining the G League instead of signing with Kentucky or UCLA, his most likely college destinations.
Hardy will struggle to break into the rotation of shooting guards in a backcourt led by young superstar point guard Luka Doncic.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie return after taking turns making major contributions to the playoffs as the Mavericks made their deepest postseason run in 11 years. Tim Hardaway Jr. returns after missing most of last season with a broken foot.
The Mavericks are also looking to re-sign Jalen Brunson, another point guard who started most of last season alongside Doncic. The New York Knicks seem to be making a run for Brunson.
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