How can Dallas Mavericks add a star player to pair with Luka Doncic?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Mark Cuban
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Why free agency is not an option for the Dallas Mavericks to add a star to pair with Luka Doncic

The Mavs are set to pay the luxury tax for the first time since 2011 this season, and they are not projected to have cap space next summer. With Maxi Kleber’s extension, Dallas has $149.4 million committed in salaries for the 2023-2024 season, according to Spotrac. That is $15 million over the projected cap, so Dallas would need to clear a ton of space to acquire a star via free agency.

Dallas needs to move the $30-plus million for the player’s contract plus the $15 million they are over the cap. That seems impossible and is problematic even if they could.

The Mavericks have committed salary around Luka Doncic because they know that landing a star in free agency rarely happens. They tried it numerous times with Dirk Nowitzki as their star, and Dallas never landed the big fish. The Mavs came out swinging nearly every year, but all they did was strike out. Dallas got close in 2015, but DeAndre Jordan backed out after committing to the Mavericks.

With free agency and the draft out the window, that only leaves the Dallas Mavericks with one avenue to acquire a second star, but they will have to wait, plan, and get lucky to make it a reality.