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An Off-Topic Mavs question

And I'm going to make it after the jump, so all of you who say "why are we talking about (NBA/NFL/anything other than baseball) on a baseball blog???" can ignore it...

Last year, there was discussion on LSB about how the Mavs could have bought a late first round pick for $3 million, but the consensus from a lot of folks here was that that was too much and they were better off not spending the money.

This year, the Mavs have a late first rounder.  If another team is willing to offer them $3 million for that pick, shouldn't the Mavs take the money and trade away the pick, under that same logic?

If not, why not?