The Dallas Mavericks have made their way into the ‘invisible’ contender’s position this season, thanks in large part to the day-to-night difference they’ve seen in their defense this year compared to the past two years. However, Dallas still needs to make some improvements to its current roster around star Luka Doncic if it is to end a decade-long drought of not being able to win a playoff series.
On Saturday, HoopsHype’s salary cap expert and consultant Yossi Gozlan Joined Movie Room Mavs Podcast To talk about some of the more pressing issues the Mavs are facing with the NBA trade deadline expiring less than three weeks away.
“It doesn’t seem like it (at the moment), but I think this trade deadline is much more important to the future of MAVs than people think,” Gozlan said.
“It’s a lot easier to move on from the impending free agents than to re-sign them and deal with the finances later. If I had to guess, I think Dallas is doing some trade involving at least one of the upcoming free agents.”
Jalen Brunson and Dorian Finney-Smith are the next major agents for the free Mavs being referred there. Bronson and Vinnie Smith have been doing so well lately that Dallas hasn’t had to trade them off, according to a report by NBA reporter Mark Stein. However, unless the Mavs find a way to swap out Tim Hardaway Jr.’s contract. For four years at $72 million, it’s going to be tough for them to keep players.
Mavs owner Marc Cuban hasn’t paid the luxury tax in over a decade, so it’s hard to believe he’s broken that streak to maintain a slate that has yet to make it through the first round of qualifying. If the Mavs didn’t make any deals and gave Brunson and Finney-Smith what their market values would be, it would likely be more than $60 million in luxury tax.
“Mavs need to know if these contracts will be of positive value in the future,” Gozlan said. “I would lower expectations a little bit on the return of either (Bronson from Finney-Smith, given the fact that other teams will need to be willing to pay it).”
In the podcast, Gozlan also explores Bronson’s potential deal for the New York Knicks that would make the Mavs return for 2023 and possibly Mitchell Robinson. His theory is that this would help the Mavs overcome the limitations of the NBA’s Stepien Rule that prevent them from trading any first-round picks before 2025. Making this special deal with New York could allow the Mavs to trade their first-round picks for 2022. And 2024 in a bigger deal if the opportunity presents itself. We’ve covered Bronson’s connection to the Knicks extensively at DallasBasketball.com.
You can listen to the entire conversation here: