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Mavericks will be over the cap next summer so how can they improve?

Dallas Mavericks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dorian Finney-Smith, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dorian Finney-Smith, Luka Doncic / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks signed superstar Luka Doncic to a historic contract extension over the summer. The five deal is worth over $207 million as he became the first player to qualify for the Rose Rule before signing the deal. Mark Cuban and the Mavs brass traveled to Slovenia to get the contract signed, and there was plenty of celebrating in Dallas.

Luka’s new deal has plenty of ripple effects. The 22-year-old superstar can opt out in 2026, but he is tied to the Mavericks for at least five years. Doncic is set to make $35.7 million next season, which puts Dallas over the salary cap. They have $136.2 million in committed salaries already with the cap projected at 115.7 million.

The Mavs have not significantly improved their roster since trading for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. back in 2019, and they are in clear need of upgrades, but how will they do it without cap space? Here is a look at the avenues they can take and why teams do not it to improve anymore.

How will Dallas Mavericks improve their roster when they are over the cap?

Teams prioritized cap space as a critical avenue to improve the talent on their roster, but it is becoming less prevalent every year because there are multiple ways to upgrade when over the cap.

Staying below the luxury tax line creates another by opening up the bi-annual exception, but Dallas used there’s to sign Sterling Brown in the summer of 2021, so they will not be able to sign another player with it until 2023.

Here are the five ways the Dallas Mavericks can improve their roster around Luka Doncic in the offseason ahead without using cap space.