It's a virtual certainty the Dallas Mavericks will trade their first-round pick in next Thursday's draft, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The Mavs have the 13th pick in the June 27 draft, and according to a source to the Morning News, the trade will likely happen during the draft.
Dallas seems interested in landing a free agent possibly center Dwight Howard so the Mavs are trying to make sure they have enough room under the salary cap to go after a big name.
The Morning News suggested the Mavs could also deal veterans Shawn Marion andor Vince Carter to free up more space if, in fact, Dallas has to spend money on that No. 13 pick.
A source told the Morning News there is a 0 percent chance of the No. 13 pick being on the Mavs' opening-day roster next season.