Why Dallas Mavericks won’t regret 2022 offseason: 1. Did not overpay Brunson
The Mavs had a decision to make when they realized the Knicks were poised to offer Jalen Brunson over $25 million per season. They could have topped that offer or let him walk. Dallas chose to let JB go because they felt like paying him $104 million over the next four years was an overpay.
Was it? Brunson is set to be the 16th highest paid point guard this season, so he is not overpaid, but Dallas would have been forced to offer more to keep him.
The 6’1 guard thrived playing off Luka Doncic, but was he the perfect fit? Brunson could space the floor and handle the ball, but the Mavs would prefer a better defender next to Doncic in the backcourt. Paying nearly $30 million per season for a non-All-Star player was not something the Mavericks were willing to do.
Dallas kept their powder dry this offseason. They refused to overpay for Jalen Brunson or make a panic trade. The Mavericks were not all-in on building an immediate title contender around Luka Doncic. They slow played their hand, and the front office won’t regret that as long as they make the necessary moves to jump into the championship picture next summer.
Dallas Mavericks fans should not panic. The front office has a plan, and they are following it. Will it work out? The stakes are high because Luka Doncic could demand a trade if the Mavs cannot build a title contender around him over the next three years, but the front office believes they can. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out.