Why Dallas Mavericks are facing most important offseason: 3. Have cap space
The 2021 offseason is massive because the Mavs can create cap space. They could have $34.3 million to spend if Josh Richardson opts out and Dallas renounces their cap holds on Tim Hardaway Jr., J.J. Redick, Boban Marjanovic, and Nicolo Melli.
It will be a few seasons before the Mavericks have cap space again, assuming Luka Doncic signs his supermax extension worth north of $200 million. His new contract will begin in the 2022-2023 season and limit Dallas’ flexibility. They will have to wait until 2023 or 2024 to have serious room to maneuver unless the Mavericks trade away Kristaps Porzingis.
They need pieces to upgrade their roster. Dallas is searching for a second star, secondary creator, and perimeter defense on the open market. Having money to throw at free agents is a massive advantage.
This offseason, the Dallas Mavericks must decide between keeping Tim Hardaway Jr. or chasing the available free agents. They are expected to retain THJ and try to add pieces on the margins. Will it be enough? That is a storyline to follow into the 2021-2022 season.
The roster needs some turnover. Fans have seen the Dallas Mavericks struggle to do that during Luka Doncic’s tenure with the team.
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