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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
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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How can Mavericks improve roster without cap space? 3. Mid-level exception

The mid-level exception allows teams over the cap to sign a free agent at a set figure, which is based on a percentage of the salary cap.

There are three types of exceptions here, depending on where the team’s budget stands. Sitting above the cap but below the tax allows teams to use the standard mid-level exception that was valued at $9.5 million this season. If Dallas becomes a taxpayer, they are limited to paying just $5.9 million, which is one reason to save extensions for Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith until after they hit free agency.

Teams will cap room can also use the mid-level exception, but they are limited to paying just $4.9 million in the first season, and can only make it a two-year deal. Those figures will increase as the cap rises.

The Dallas Mavericks used the full mid-level exception to sign Reggie Bullock, but other teams split it up between multiple players. Some notable names playing on it this season are Dennis Schroder, Patty Mills, Alex Caruso, and JaVale McGee. It is just one more way for contending teams to add a veteran free agent that helps them win. There are always rotation players looking to sign at the mid-level exception.

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