How can Mavericks improve roster without cap space? 1. Trades
The Mavericks are over the salary cap, so they would be required to match salaries in any trade, but this is the most likely way to improve their roster until they have cap space again in 2023 or 2024. Dallas has two trade exceptions that could be used to acquire a player at the deadline without matching salaries.
The Mavs are limited in what draft picks they can trade. They still owe their 2023 first-rounder to the Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, but it has a top ten protection. That means Dallas cannot trade a first-round selection until 2027 because of the Stepien Rule.
Dallas could create room under the tax apron by trading away players under contract. Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown, and Boban Marjanovic will all be entering the final years of their deals and could be moved for trade exceptions if necessary in the 2022 offseason.
Will new general manager Nico Harrison be able to pull off a trade that shakes up the roster? How will the Dallas Mavericks improve in the summer of 2022? Will it be enough to create a serious title contender around Luka Doncic? Stay tuned to find out.