- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Dallas Mavericks might not actually use the first lottery pick they've owned in a dozen years.
Multiple sources told ESPN.com's Chad Ford that the Mavs are likely to trade the pick to help create the cap space necessary to make a run at Dwight Howard in free agency. The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300.
One of the Mavs' future first-round picks is already in the possession of the Oklahoma City Thunder. That pick, which is top-20 protected through 2017, was originally given up in the deal that brought Lamar Odom to Dallas. The Los Angeles Lakers traded it to Houston along with Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill, and it then became part of the package the Rockets gave up for James Harden.
If the Mavs hold on to this year's pick, Ford projects them to select Croation teenage small forward Dario Saric.