It seems that the Dallas Mavericks are in this position every year. The front office has to decide if they want to bring back the old guard and tie up cap room, or move on so they can throw serious money at a serious player or two.
It’s not exactly an easy choice.
As of late, the Mavericks have opted to say goodbye to any potential holdovers in favor of new faces. This meant no more Jason Terry, Jason Kidd or Tyson Chandler to name a few.
But things are a little different now. After missing out on Dwight Howard and other big free-agent signings, owner Mark Cuban and the rest of the Mavs brass decided to move on from that strategy, and they brought in guys like Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon for medium-sized deals.
Not to mention that the main word out of the Dallas camp is continuity, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Rick Carlisle has said he and the rest of the decision-makers want to keep the core together this time around, which is a change from recent years.
So, though some of the free agents are aging, some will be back in a Dallas uniform next season.
But enough talk of what might happen. Let’s get down to what should happen. We’ll run through each of the Mavs’ six upcoming free agents and determine whether to keep or sell.
The decision will encompass past performance, expected level of play and anticipated salary demands. Though the team has roughly $30 million in cap room to play with, all that space can disappear rather quickly.