NBA free agency is here!
Well, technically players can't officially sign until July 1 (that's this coming Sunday). But the rumor mill is turning... quickly.
And while the Mavericks have garnered praise for their NBA Draft day trade up for forward Luka Doncic, Rick Carlisle's bunch face long odds of returning to the playoffs next season. What's worse, the free-agency period has not been kind to the franchise over the years.
So, let's unpack a few things.
Fans, the front office and Mark Cuban all have dreams of snagging a top-of-the-market big man such as DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, and maybe, just maybe, Clint Capela.
But first, here are the players currently signed to the Mavericks for at least next season and how much will they count against the cap, according to Spotrac.com.
Harrison Barnes, forward: cap hit of $24,107,258
Wesley Matthews, guard, cap hit of $18,622,513
Dwight Powell, center, cap hit of $9,631,250
Dirk Nowitzki, forward, cap hit of $5,000,000* (Bird Rights)
Dennis Smith Jr., guard, cap hit of $3,819,960
J.J. Barea, guard, cap hit of $3,710,850
Dorian Finney-Smith, forward, cap hit of $1,544,951 (non-guaranteed)
Kyle Collinsworth, guard, cap hit of $1,378,242 (non-guaranteed)
Maxi Kleber, forward, cap hit of $1,378,242 (non-guaranteed)
According to BasketballInsiders.com, the NBA sent a memo to teams explaining that the salary cap ceiling for the 2018-2019 season is almost certainly going to come in at $101 million.
As of right now, the Mavericks have $52,938,392. That means the front office has $31,806,734 in available cap space to fill out the roster. And the projected 123-million-dollar luxury tax means Dallas probably has a little bit more than that.
Under league rules, a team can only carry 15 players, 13 of which can be active, at a time. Last season, 23 players saw at least one minute for the Mavericks.
With only 9 players under guaranteed contracts for next season, the front office won't be able to blow all of their resources on one or two players.