Cons of the Dallas Mavericks filling their final roster spot
The Mavs cap situation plays a role here. They are on pace to pay the luxury tax for the first time since 2011 as Dallas has $167.4 million committed in salaries, and the tax line is set at $150.3 million. Adding another minimum contract increases their tax bill, and it limits their flexibility as Cuban mentioned.
In recent seasons, the Mavericks were under the cap, so they had no qualms about cutting a player on a guaranteed contract to fill that space. The payment goes up with the luxury tax penalty, and it hampers the team’s ability to make a trade at the deadline.
Keeping the space open only makes sense if Dallas upgrades before the 2023 playoffs. Cuban mentioned trades and the buyout market. The Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis at last year’s deadline for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. If they had a full 15-man roster, Dallas would have to cut someone to pull off a similar trade at this year’s deadline.
An impactful playoff piece rarely changes teams through the buyout market, but it may be an upgrade over what is currently available on the free agent market. Goran Dragic was bought out last season before finishing the season on the Brooklyn Nets, but there are some years where only minor pieces change squads.
Should the Dallas Mavericks keep their final roster spot open or fill it with a non-guaranteed deal?