One team that could reportedly help Dallas move up high enough to pick [Jordan] Hill is the Washington Wizards at #5, a team they already have a history with making draft-day deals. The two teams swapped Antawn Jamison for Jerry Stackhouse and the #4 pick (Devin Harris) back in 2004, a move that worked out well for both parties.
Dallas can offer either the non-guaranteed contract of Jerry Stackhouse to help the Wizards reduce payroll next year (while taking someone like Mike James or Etan Thomas off their hands) or they can help the Wizards by providing a veteran like Josh Howard or Jason Terry if it’s experience and scoring punch they are after. Either move would allow the Mavericks to stay flexible from a financial standpoint as they look towards the free agent class of 2010. They can also dangle their first round pick (#22).
"The Thunder did it patching together the kookiest lineups you’ve ever seen....Who can explain it, who can tell you why? Fools give you reasons, wise men never try....for good measure, it was OKC’s first major-league win over Dallas. The Hornets were 0-8 against Dallas when they were stationed here....But the Thunder also won because the guys who had to introduce themselves to each other while they ran down the court played a professional game."
Of course the fact that the Mavs played 3 games in 4 days with a bruiser the night before probably helped, too.