1. Cap space is more valuable
If the Dallas Mavericks re-sign Irving, they will have some room to add players around the edges of the roster, but not a ton. If Dallas lets Irving walk, they would have some serious wiggle room.
The 2023 free agency class isn’t great, but the 2024 class is. Saving up cap space and bringing on players via short-term deals could allow the Mavericks to target next summer as their “all-in” offseason.
Guys like Jaylen Brown, Pascal Siakam, and DeMar DeRozan could all potentially be available for Dallas to target.
And even if the Mavericks wanted to make moves this summer instead of waiting, they would still have some intriguing options available to them. Players such as Brook Lopez, Nikola Vucevic, Jakob Poeltl, D’Angelo Russell, and others could be available for the Mavericks to go after.
When Dallas won the title in 2011, Dirk Nowitzki was the only All-Star on the roster. The Mavericks simply surrounded him with a group of other high-level, capable players rather than an obvious co-star.
With how ball-dominant and heliocentric Luka Doncic is, that may be Dallas’ best course of action now. Instead of trying to make a dynamic duo, just surround Doncic with lots of elite role players.
The Dallas Mavericks should ditch the Kyrie Irving idea and prioritize depth.