Dallas Mavericks fans know that is never too early to look at the future. Here is the first glance at their free agents and projected cap space next summer.
The Dallas Mavericks entered the 2019 offseason with plenty of cap space. Fans were hoping they turned it into a game-changing free agent, but the front office focused on bringing back their talent.
Mavs free agents in 2020
The Dallas Mavericks only have three players set to hit the free agent market next offseason. They signed J.J. Barea to a one-year deal this summer, so he will again be an unrestricted free agent. Courtney Lee will also hit the open market. He is expected to be out of the rotation this season and could be a mid-season trade chip. Ryan Broekhoff is a restricted free agent in 2020.
Important player option
Tim Hardaway Jr. is the x-factor for the Mavs next offseason. He has an $18.975 million player option for the 2020-2021 season. THJ could face a similar fate to Harrison Barnes especially if Dallas is not going to make the playoffs.
Hardaway Jr. could decide to decline his player option and search for a long-term deal too. He turns 28 in March. Teams will likely offer him multi-year contracts. It is difficult to turn down nearly $19 million, though.
Projected cap space
Assuming Hardaway Jr. accepts his player option, the Dallas Mavericks have just over $107.785 million in salary tied up as their roster is currently constructed. The cap is projected to be $116 million. That leaves Dallas just over $8.2 million in cap space.
The Mavericks roster is still in flux, though. The team will be active on the trade market this season. They have two building blocks but are still searching for the pieces to maximize them.
The team has their first round pick in the 2020 draft too. There will be a cap hold for that assuming the Mavs keep the selection.
The Smoking Cuban will keep fans updated on the Dallas Mavericks cap situation as the team makes moves this season.