The Dallas Mavericks were focused on improving their roster and becoming title contenders as they entered the offseason. They had cap space and chased the marquee free agents, but could not land a signature, so the Mavs quickly pivoted to filling holes and increasing their depth. Dallas added floor spacer, perimeter defense, and a young talented big man this summer, but it may not have been enough to put them firmly into title contention.
The Mavs created a roster crunch too. They currently have 16 guaranteed contracts on their training camp roster, but NBA teams are only allowed to carry 15 standard contracts during the regular season. Dallas will have to make a trade or cut a player and eat his salary before opening night.
If a deal does not materialize, they will be forced to cut a player, but who is on that roster bubble? Here is a closer look at each of the four men that may not make the Mavericks' regular-season roster.
4 players on the Dallas Mavericks roster bubble
Owner Mark Cuban wants to build a championship team around superstar Luka Doncic, and he is willing to eat some cash to make it a reality. Cuban gave J.J. Barea a guaranteed contract last offseason only to cut him during training camp. The contract statuses of these current players matter, but Dallas will likely go with the ones who are best suited to help the team win.
Here are the four players that could be waived if the Dallas Mavericks need to cut someone before the start of the 2021-2022 regular season.