NBA Free Agents 2012: Is Deron Williams’ Best Situation with Dallas?

May 8th, 2012 by Hasib Moeen Leave a reply »
There's a lot of talk about the Dallas Mavericks' upcoming free agency, but many fans are failing to comprehend the salary cap. In one ear we have some fans suggesting Dallas sign every big name on the board, while others believe that in order for Dallas to make a big splash, it'll have to release everyone not named Dirk Nowitzki.

So to help us accurately judge how much Mark Cuban will splurge this offseason, I've decided to pull out the numbers. Note: exact numbers included are rounded.

This season the Mavs paid out $75.5 million in guaranteed salary and were $17.5 million over the cap.

This summer $25 million in salary will be coming off the books. The total cost of remaining salaries under contract in the summer will be $50 million, leaving the Mavs with about $20 million in expendable cap room before going into the luxury tax threshold of $70 million.

So that's $20 million of available cap space to spend if the team lets Kidd, Terry, Jianlian, West, Mahinmi and Cardinal go.

The biggest fish in the pond, Deron Williams, will be paid about $17 million next season (assuming he picks up his option and is obtained in a sign ...

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