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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Mavs trade down again, dump Cunningham

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks traded down for the second time in the first round, shipping the No. 16 overall pick along with 2012 first-rounder Jared Cunningham and the 44th overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the 18th pick.

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The Mavs are motivated to shed salary as they prepare to try to sign Dwight Howard to a max contract with a first-year salary of $20.5 million. At the beginning of the night, Dallas needed to trim $3.8 million to have that much cap space.

Cunningham is due $1.2 million next season. The difference in cap holds between the No. 13 (the Mavs’ original pick) and No. 18 is $374,500.

The Mavs traded No. 13 to the Boston Celtics for No. 16 and two future second-round picks.