4 Best free agent fits for the Dallas Mavericks after the 2023 NBA Draft

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Following the Dallas Mavericks' draft night trades with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings, they created enough cap flexibility to use the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception.

Each year, that exception is awarded to teams above the salary cap but below the tax apron. This means they can now offer a prospective free agent a contract for $12.4 million and up to four years, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for Dallas.

Having the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception is a significant raise over their previous option, which was only the BI-Annual Exception ($4.5 million/two years), as more free agents could now be open to signing with the Mavericks.

4 Best free agent fits for the Dallas Mavericks after the 2023 NBA Draft

This puts a significant number of free agents in play for Dallas, all of whom may not have been beforehand. And for a team that desperately needs to add talent around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, this is a crucial development.

Of course, this is all assuming the Mavs can re-sign Irving. In the scenario Irving goes somewhere else, Dallas will have roughly $24 million in cap space. But for this article, let's assume Irving stays in the Big D on a shiny new contract.

After drafting Derek Lively with the 12th pick (via the trade with the Thunder), the Mavs still need to add another center and at least one wing player if they want to build a complete rotation.

Looking at the 2023 free agent class, four players stand out as the best potential fits for the Mavericks and their Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception.