Why the Dallas Mavericks cannot acquire Collin Sexton
The Mavs do not have the cap space to sign Sexton outright, so their only avenue to acquiring him is a sign-and-trade. Base-year compensation complicates the trade itself but executing a sign-and-trade hard caps the team acquiring the free agent. That means Dallas would be unable to spend over the $156.9 million tax apron for next season.
In addition to giving up assets for Sexton and paying him $20 million per season over the next four years, the Mavericks would have to trim their payroll. They are currently projected to spend $163.1 million without Sexton’s $20 million, so Dallas would need to cut over $26 million to acquire the 23-year-old guard.
Both Cleveland and the Mavericks are over the salary cap, so the Cavaliers will not be taking back these salaries. Dallas would need to ship roughly $10 million to Cleveland and send the other $16 million to Indiana or San Antonio. Either team is going to want a first-round picks to satisfy the use of their space. So now the price for Sexton is $33 million in salary and at least two first-round picks.
If the Mavericks could convince the Cavaliers to take Dwight Powell and a draft pick for Collin Sexton, they would only need to send Tim Hardaway Jr. or Davis Bertans and a draft pick to Indiana or San Antonio to acquire the restricted free agent guard. There is no way Dallas is paying that price to acquire Collin Sexton. Two first-round picks are just too much.