Dallas Mavericks biggest question heading into 2022 offseason: 4. Is Cuban willing to pay the tax?
The Mavs have extensions with Luka Doncic and Dorian Finney-Smith kicking in this summer, which will push them well over the cap. According to Spotrac, Dallas has over $151.5 million committed in salary for next season, and that does not include a new contract for soon-to-be free agent Jalen Brunson. The luxury tax line is projected to be $149 million.
Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban has not paid the tax since 2011, but he knows his team is up against it next season. Do they try to save money this summer to limit their tax bill or are they willing to push their chips further into the middle to build a true title contender around Luka Doncic?
The Mavs are not going to be able to avoid the luxury tax next season, but how much is Cuban willing to pay? Re-signing Jalen Brunson will be a costly move, but rumors suggest that the franchise has no plans of letting the 25-year-old point guard walk.
Fans should be watching closely to see how the Dallas Mavericks navigate their luxury tax bill this summer. The front office needs to make upgrades if they want to be true title contenders, but it will be costly. Is Mark Cuban willing to pay the tab?