3 mistakes Nico Harrison has made as Dallas Mavericks general manager

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Mistake Nico Harrison has made as Dallas Mavericks GM: 1. Not offering Brunson an extension

The biggest blunder Harrison has made thus far is something he did not do. The Mavs could have signed Jalen Brunson to a four-year extension worth $55.6 million in the summer of 2021. It was the most the team could offer under the CBA, and Brunson had zero desire to leave at that point. He thought he would play his entire career in Dallas.

Think about that now. JB making $14 million per season would be one of the best value contracts in the NBA. Every team would be looking to acquire him, and the Mavs would have a trade chip in the pursuit of a second star.

It was no easy decision to extend Brunson in the summer of 2021. He had just come off a poor playoff performance as the Mavericks were bounced in the first round for the second straight year. JB improved every season, but there were questions about how his game translated to the playoffs.

Extending a veteran role player at just over the mid-level exception is always a wise move, and Harrison and the front office have learned from their mistake. They inked Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber to extensions, and the Mavs are willing to pay for pieces that fit around number 77.

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Nico Harrison and the Dallas Mavericks missed the chance by not offering Jalen Brunson a contract extension in the summer of 2021. Overall, Harrison’s time in Dallas has been incredible, but he has made a few mistakes. Expect him to continue to improve their roster, and stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.