Feb 13, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the Dallas Mavericks logo at center court before the game between the Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Donnie Nelson thinks the Mavericks 'became a lot more attractive' to free agents

Free agency starts when Tuesday begins and one of the teams expected to be big players are the Dallas Mavericks. They have an incredible amount of cap space, estimated to be about $26.1 million, and more to offer.

The Mavericks traded for New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, a move that they think makes them more desirable to potential free agents.

“My feeling is that I’m a prospective free agent out there, we became a lot more attractive, because I don’t know many front lines that not only have that kind of punch in terms of inside-outside, but also two great guys, great teammates, guys that you love to go to war with, night in and night out,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said, via ESPN Dallas. “That with the fact that we can accommodate a max salary this year and next makes our future bright in the here and now. It also makes it bright in the future, next year. I think the future is bright here in Dallas.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a similar point earlier in the week.

“Everybody thought we were going to get crushed,” Rick Carlisle will attract free agents” href=”http://thesmokingcuban.com/2014/06/29/mark-cuban-says-rick-carlisle-will-attract-free-agents/”>Cuban said. “That allows us not to say, ‘Hey, we played them the best,’ but allows us to say, ‘Look, when it comes to the playoffs in particular, Rick has got the skill set and we’ve got veteran guys who know how to implement offensive and defensive strategies that really give us a unique opportunity.’ That’s something that very few teams can say.

“If you look at other teams with cap room and then you just look at their coach and if they’ve made the playoffs, you look at how their playoff runs went, you’re not looking at them and saying, ‘Wow, that team really … .’ I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, but their coaches are not as good as Rick Carlisle.”

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