Pro: Window to add talent closing
Dwight Powell declining of his player option gives the Mavs roughly $61 million in salary cap space.
If everything were to go perfectly for the Mavericks this summer, they would be able to add a top-tier player in free agency. Adding Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, or even Kevin Durant, however unlikely, would help the Mavs to make the playoffs.
Immediately after adding a star, Dallas’ next priority will be to re-sign Kristaps Porzingis to a long-term deal. Assuming that is done, they would have to also manage to retain their free agents of Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, and of course, Powell.
Before free agency even begins, trading Courtney Lee’s expiring contract along with Justin Jackson or a second-round pick for Clint Capela could be one of the Mavericks last remaining options to add another promising young piece.
The two contracts that Dallas wants to move the most are Lee’s and Tim Hardaway Jr.’s. The only other players likely to be traded include injury prone point guards Chris Paul and John Wall, and Capela brings more to Mavs than either of them.
After this offseason, Dallas likely won’t have much cap space to make any major signings. and Trading for Capela also won’t negatively affect the Mavs chances at signing a star this Summer, at least financially. The time to add talent is this offseason for the Dallas Mavericks.