Star player Luka Doncic should be recruiting right now: 2. Jaylen Brown
Brown has two seasons left on the contract extension he signed back in 2019. The 6’6 wing can be an unrestricted free agent in 2024, and he is likely headed there. The extension rules limit Brown from landing a max contract unless he makes the All-NBA team, wins Defensive Player of the Year, or takes home MVP honors. His best bet is making All-NBA, but he would have to take a massive leap this season.
Mavericks fans saw anything can happen when a player hits free agency. The Knicks went all-in to secure Jalen Brunson from clearing significant cap space to hiring his dad as an assistant coach to offering over $100 million. Multiple teams would be willing to roll out the red carpet for Brown, and the Mavericks could be one of them.
Dallas currently has $108.6 million in committed salaries for the 2024-2025 season, but that will change a lot before we arrive there. Trading the expiring contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Davis Bertans would open up significant space for the Mavericks to sign a max free agent, and Brown is likely to be the best player on the market.
Will the Celtics attempt to trade Jaylen Brown next season before he becomes a free agent? Could the Dallas Mavericks swoop in with the agreement that he signs a max extension in the offseason? Brown will be available, and Luka Doncic should be recruiting him now.