This goes to show how quickly things an go haywire.
After my mock draft was 2-for-2, it all went south when Oklahoma City made the silly mistake and took James Harden. Of course, I had him third yesterday, then switched him after talking to some highly placed sources.
So now my mock draft is a shambles, having missed four in a row.
Now the next question, why in the world would Minnesota take two point guards at Nos. 5 and 6? Surely the Wolves are blowing smoke when they say they will keep both.
Then again, anytime you let a former sportswriter run the joint, you're asking for trouble.
Just look at my mock draft, although I've finally got my third pick correctly with Stephen Curry going to Golden State.
We just got back from a look at the Mavericks' war room and we were quickly corrected that it's no longer PC to call it that.
It has to be the "draft room.''
So for the rest of the night, we'll refer to it that way, even though we don't like to acknowledge that a simple name for a room where teams are wheeling and dealing from has to conform to our sensibilities.
By the way, it's in an upstairs room at American Airlines Center. And it's got windows, which just doesn't seem right for a war room.
It includes a big U-shaped table that has coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban on the point on one side and all the scouts, personnel gurus and others all seated around the rest of the tables that are pushed together end to end.
The 24th draft pick isn't always a jackpot, but it has yielded some good stuff in recent years.
Among those mined with the 24th pick: Terry Porter (1984), Arvidas Sabonis (1986), Latrell Sprewell (1992), Sam Cassell (1993), Derek Fisher (1996), Andrei Kirilenko (1999), Delonte West (2004) and Rudy Fernandez (2007).
Of course, last year's was Serge Ibaka, taken by Seattle and, as best as anybody can tell, he never set foot in America.
Apparently, that's part of the thinking for the Mavericks.
They saved about $95,000 by trading down two spots in tonight's draft. That's if they sign a player with the 24th overall pick, who will earn $1.12 million next season. The 22nd pick will get $1.215 million.
Of course, if they take a player like Florida point guard Nick Calathes, who already has a contract in Greece, they could stash him there for a year and not pay a penny, but keep his rights for the following summer.
That would be another savings, all of which would be geared for - you guessed it - the 2010 free agent bonanza.
The Mavericks figure every cent they can whittle off the bottom payroll line for 2010 is that much more than can throw at Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade or whoever.
The Mavericks accrued some minor assets today while moving down two spots in Thursday's draft, a trade that shouldn't impact their preferred list of prospects.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks were happy to get second-round picks this year (54th) and next year (the worse of Portland's two picks) and only having to drop from 22nd to 24th in this year's first round.
"It's just two spots and we're still going to get the guy we like,'' Nelson said.
The Mavericks continue to work the phone lines and may not be done wheeling and dealing before the 6 p.m. draft tomorrow.
It's still relatively early in the day by NBA standards, but the Mavericks haven't been mentioned in any serious trade dealings that I've heard so far today.
We'll keep listening for something concrete. But right now, it looks like the Mavericks are willing to wait for a bombshell offer. There will be some out there, probably a few that are even better (and cheaper) than the one the San Antonio Spurs got yesterday.