How the Dallas Mavericks Are Outsmarting Everyone
Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks have aligned their finances and organization expertly moving into the 2020s. Currently, their roster features two international superstars who are eager to build a future together. Once the fun is up, and they can’t pay the unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis, $10 million per year. Major payables will expire. Harrison Barnes, Courtney Lee, and Dwight Powell coming off the books after the 2020 season will equal a cool $45 million in cap room.
The future is closer than it may appear..
If I’m the Mavericks, I try to accelerate the process via trade during this deadline or after the season. A package of expiring contracts and redundancies on the roster could yield them younger and more useful pieces or regain future draft picks they’ve just given to the NY Knicks. Powell, Barnes, Finley-Smith, Kleber, and Giannis’ brother all play an interchangeable SF & PF position. Dallas is equipped with young talent, but most of their roster is easily replaceable with veteran minimums. Veterans who will be much more willing to sign said deals alongside two or possibly three all-stars. Another meaningful scoring guard and center could help them compete next year. More importantly securing a better team to help in 2020 may help them resign Porzingis. I bet they wish they had Nerlens Noel right about now…
As much as I love Luka Doncic, Porzingod, and what the Mavs have planned. I think the year they can legitimately compete is 2021. Once Tim Hardaway’s major payday contract is up, Dallas can fit the roster with a player deserving of such an enormous cap hit. Thanks to the team’s ability to creatively maneuver the salary cap, acquire elite talent, and exhibit patience in an impatient league the Mavericks will be able to compete with the western conference elite for the better half of the next decade.
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