The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason on a high note after reaching the conference finals, but they knew Jalen Brunson was entering free agency after a breakout season. Their front office had the entire season to sign him to an extension, but the maximum they could offer was four years at $55.6 million.
Last summer, JB would have taken that deal, but the Mavericks did not offer it. His play improved last season, and the deal no longer made sense by the trade deadline when Dallas was ready to extend the offer.
The Knicks signed him to a four-year deal worth $104 million in free agency after the Mavericks declined to exceed it. Dallas lost Brunson for nothing, and there is nobody to blame but the front office. Will the Mavs regret this offseason after losing Brunson? Bleacher Report thinks so.
Will the Dallas Mavericks regret the 2022 offseason?
Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz detailed the five teams that will regret their 2022 offseason, and the Mavericks made the list. Brunson was the best free agent to switch teams, and Dallas getting zero return was costly. Swartz believes Dallas will regret losing JB.
Will they? Do the Mavericks not get credit for upgrading the frontcourt? Swartz believes the front office should have topped the Knicks' offer to Brunson but was that the right move? The Mavs should have signed JB to an extension before last season, but once he became a free agent there was little Dallas could do.
The offseason did not go as planned for the Dallas Mavericks, but here are three reasons why they will not regret it.