This news has been somewhat expected. It means every team will likely have $2 million more in cap room than previously expected. ... and it means that almost immediately, the Mavs can turn their attention to how to spend it.
DONUT 3: Naming Names?
a) It will intend to inflate ALL new salaries that aren't otherwise limited. So no team with cap room really gets ahead of others with this increase. (So we note above that Dallas has "more tools'' -- but here add that it's not more tools than anyone else.)
b) Max salary contracts this summer will be a bit bigger (2.22 percent) as a result.
c) The MLE and BAE and minimum salary limits will remain the same.
d) It will bump the tax line higher, which will help teams dealing with that issue. With a $92-mil cap, the tax line lands at around $111.4 mil. (Cleveland had the highest team salary this season, at about $107 mil. Every little bit helps them.)
DONUT 6: The Mavs Assumptions
a) Deron Williams declines his option.
d) Parsons' Early Bird rights are held onto.
g) The Mavs waive JaVale McGee
DONUT 7: The Mavs Roster
Center - Mejri, (Powell)
Power Forward - Dirk, Jeremy Evans
Small Forward - (Parsons), Anderson
Shooting Guard - Matthews
Point Guard - J.J. Barea, Devin Harris
With McGee released, we can put the number at $39,379,264 for two players, or $39,922,735 for three players. So we'll call it "almost $40 mil to split on two to three players" because of the uncertainty over what they do with McGee and how many ways they split it.
d) Veteran Minimums. (Dallas actually has a very good track record here.)
e) Trades. (Dallas has a good track record here, too, in terms of getting enough value to aid the franchise in qualifying for the playoffs in 15 of the last 16 seasons. Not good enough, maybe, but nothing to take for granted, either.)
But ... what if he gets to Year 3 and wants to keep playing?
“It’s an opportunity every year. It’s an exciting time. It’s disappointing when you miss. But as much as I preach to our team about the importance of persistence, I think as a team in free agency, we’ve got to remain persistent. We’ve got too good a situation here. We got a great city, great ownership, a great locker room, a fair media. ...
“I always view Dallas as a place where players would want to be. We acquired David Lee two months ago. When you acquire a player like that you want him to have a great experience. And he did. We wouldn’t have got to the playoffs without David Lee. And the word spreads. Veterans know other veterans. Word gets out that Dallas is a high-level organization. We take great pride in that. We’re going to be persistent and keep banging away.”
And now you have a working knowledge of the $92-mil worth of tools the Mavs will be "banging away'' with.