The Dallas Mavericks were shopping for upgrades around superstar Luka Doncic on a limited budget this offseason. They were already over the luxury tax line coming in, which limited the Mavs to just the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to hand out in free agency. Dallas added JaVale McGee and brought back Theo Pinson on the open market, and they are keeping their final roster spot open in case a trade materializes.
Cap space was limited around the league, which created some bargain signings. Only six players received more than $20 million per season in free agency this summer, and just 16 got more than $10 million.
The Mavericks missed out on the top minimum signings in free agency, and they chose to sign JaVale McGee over offering them more than the basement rate. Will they regret not signing some of the minimum free agent options?
3 minimum free agents the Dallas Mavericks will regret not signing
Not all minimum deals are created equal. Some veterans decide to take less money to chase a ring, but that did not really happen this offseason. Thomas Bryant took a minimum deal with the Lakers, and Josh Okogie joined the Suns as two young vets who improved their competitive situations.
The Dallas Mavericks missed on three regrettable minimum signings in free agency. They may have struggled to convince one to return to Dallas, but the other two were acquirable. President of basketball operations Nico Harrison and the front office chose to go in another direction, and they will regret it.