Dallas Mavericks will not be able to acquire a star to pair with Luka Doncic in free agency
The salary cap is projected to increase to $133 million next season, and the Mavericks’ current roster has $132 million in contracts committed. The front office could create significant cap space quickly, but that only makes sense if they are going to use it.
Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie only have partially guaranteed deals for the 2023-2024 season. The Mavs could easily trade them with Tim Hardaway Jr. and his declining contract to open up nearly $50 million in cap space.
The 2023 free agent class does not warrant that, though. LeBron James leads the potential free agents, but he is expected to remain in Los Angeles. Khris Middleton is likely the best player available if he declines his $40 million player option, but the Bucks have no designs of letting him walk.
Andrew Wiggins, Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell, and Nikola Vucevic headline the rest of the class. Those are talented players and potential All-Stars, but it does not make sense to trade three key rotation players to create enough cap space to sign them.
The Dallas Mavericks have flexibility in 2023, and they need to use it to trade for a star player.