The Dallas Mavericks made their first Western Conference Finals this season, and there's no question that this has been a successful season for the team. They beat a tough defensive team in the Utah Jazz in the first round and then upset the No. 1 seeded Phoenix Suns on their way to the Western Conference Finals.
While the Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals, there is no doubt that this run will be an excellent foundation to build on for the future. The Dallas Mavericks have clearly found some success as a defensive team under Jason Kidd, and perhaps that will continue into next season.
There is no question that the Dallas Mavericks could potentially bring back every single player and run it back with the same exact team if they wanted to. They will, however, have some important decisions to make in free agency, such as whether they will end up retaining guard Jalen Brunson.
In this article, we will examine the status of every Dallas Mavericks player for the 2022-23 season. We will also give some thoughts on each player and what they can provide for the team next year.
Luka Doncic - $36.6 Million
Entering 1st Season Of A $212.3 million extension: (2022-23: $36.6 Million, 2023-24: $39.5 Million, 2024-25: $42.5 Million, 2025-26: $45.4 Million, 2026-27: $48.3 Million)
Everyone who follows the NBA knows just how good Luka Doncic is. He is a one-man offensive engine, who is adept at scoring baskets himself, but also at creating easy shots for his teammates. Luka Doncic is a confident player, often engaging in trash talk on the court, and there's no doubt that he is the present and the future of the Dallas Mavericks franchise. His box score stats are certainly impressive: during the regular season, Luka Doncic averaged 28.4 PPG, 9.1 RPG, and 8.7 APG.
According to The BBall-Index, Luka Doncic is in the 100th percentile in terms of playmaking talent and is also in the 100th percentile in terms of scoring gravity. There is no doubt that this is reflected in the types of looks his teammates get, and notably, over the last two seasons, the shot quality Luka Doncic has created for his teammates ranks No. 1 in the league. Luka Doncic is a complete offensive player, and he knows how to make the right play almost every time down the floor.
As of right now, Luka Doncic is locked in for a long time with the Dallas Mavericks. Locking him in early to a 5-year max rookie extension was very much worth it for the Dallas Mavericks, and Luka Doncic is a player that will be a top-tier superstar in the league for a long time.
Jalen Brunson - Unrestricted Free Agent
Jalen Brunson had a breakout run in the playoffs this year. He was the clear No. 2 option behind Luka Doncic, and he averaged an impressive 21.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 3.7 APG in the playoffs. There is no doubt that he is a capable ball handler and scorer, and he has shown an ability to finish well at the rim and is proficient from midrange: he shot 67.2% in the restricted area and 47.3% from the midrange during the regular season. He isn't a particularly adept shot-creator from the 3PT range, but he can definitely knock them down as he shot 37.3% from beyond the arc in the regular season.
Jalen Brunson is only 25 right now, and it seems likely that he will get even better as he hits his prime. While it is unclear if he can be a No. 2 option on a championship team, it is quite possible that Jalen Brunson can be that No. 3 offensive option if the Dallas Mavericks are able to acquire another star and put him next to Luka Doncic.
At the end of the season, Jalen Brunson will be an unrestricted free agent. Retaining Jalen Brunson will be a key priority for the Dallas Mavericks, as he is their 2nd best player currently. They will be able to offer him more money than any other team, and hopefully, that can persuade him to stay.
Spencer Dinwiddie - $18.0 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of A 3-year $54.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $18.0 Million, 2023-24: $18.9 Million, Partially Guaranteed for $10.0 Million)
Spencer Dinwiddie has been the sixth man for the Dallas Mavericks ever since he got traded, and he fared well with the team. During the regular season with the Dallas Mavericks, Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 15.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 3.9 APG, while shooting 40.4% from beyond the arc.
It is quite likely that Spencer Dinwiddie will be a key part of the Dallas Mavericks' plans next season. He will have had a whole season underneath his belt after his ACL injury, and that could make him an even better player next year, as he will likely be more confident in his body and driving to the rim once again.
The Dallas Mavericks gave up Kristaps Porzingis at the trade deadline, with the key return being Spencer Dinwiddie. It seems quite likely that the Dallas Mavericks will allow him to get fully healthy, and he could potentially be that bench spark for the team going forward as they enter contender status. Spencer Dinwiddie is only 29, and he definitely has some good years left in the tank.
Tim Hardaway Jr. - $19.6 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of A 4-year, $75.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $19.6 Million, 2023-24: $17.9 Million, 2024-25: $16.2 Million)
Tim Hardaway Jr. was not part of the Dallas Mavericks playoff run, and their lack of reliable shot creation showed at times during the playoffs. Even if he ends up playing a lower role next year, his scoring is very important for the team. He averaged 14.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 2.2 APG during the regular season.
While there is no doubt that the team missed Tim Hardaway Jr. during the playoffs, it is quite possible that they decide to move on from him based on his contract, as well as the emergence of Spencer Dinwiddie, who thrived in a bench gunner role. Simply put, the team has figured out how to win without his presence, though it is likely that Tim Hardaway Jr. would make them even better.
If the right deal comes up, we may well see Tim Hardaway Jr. moved. His salary is huge for what he gives on the court, though a team desperately in need of scoring could elect to trade for him. He could also be key if the Mavericks were to trade for a max contract player. It remains to be seen what the Dallas Mavericks will do with him, but it would make sense to let him play up his value next season before making any move involving him.
Dorian Finney-Smith - $12.4 Million
Entering 1st Season Of A 4-Year, $55.0 Million Extension: (2022-23: $12.4 Million, 2023-24: $13.4 Million, 2024-25: $14.4 Million, 2025-25: $15.4 Million, Player Option)
Dorian Finney-Smith is one of the most valuable role players in the league. He is an athletic 3 and D forward that is proficient on both ends of the floor. Finney-Smith guards the best opposing perimeter defender while being a sniper from 3PT range. While he won't give you 20 points a game, he will play his role perfectly and is a steal on the contract he's on.
At the start of next season, Dorian Finney-Smith will be entering the first year of his $55.0 million extension. It is clear that the Dallas Mavericks front office values what he brings to the team, and it's hard to find players that are elite defensively while also being top-tier shooters: usually, it's one or the other.
Dorian Finney-Smith is a player that has provided a lot beyond the box score. You always want players who do the dirty work, and since Luka Doncic is not known for top-tier defensive ability, a player like Dorian Finney-Smith is important to have on the roster. He shouldn't be untouchable in a trade, but it is quite likely that the Dallas Mavericks won't move him due to what he brings.
Reggie Bullock - $10.0 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of A 3-Year, $30.0 Million Contract: (2023-24: $10.0 Million, 2024-25: $10.5 Million)
Reggie Bullock is a 3 and D wing, though he is definitely a player that provides more value on the offensive end than the defensive end. His shooting translated to the playoffs, and he shot 39.7% from beyond the arc on 7.3 attempts a game. There's no doubt that he was crucial during the team's Western Conference Finals run, and he definitely has a lot of gravity as a shooter.
On a $10.0 million salary, Reggie Bullock is a player that must be retained. He is an elite shooter, and more shooting can't ever hurt a team. Bullock knows his strengths, and he is a perfect supplementary player next to any superstar, but particularly Luka Doncic, as Bullock can definitely take advantage of Luka Doncic's scoring gravity and punish defenses for zoning in on Doncic.
There is no doubt that a lot of teams would value a shooter like Reggie Bullock, and there's no question that he could become a valuable trade chip. However, he is crucial to the Mavericks' offense functioning well, so if he were moved, it would have to be for a star-level player to put beside Luka Doncic, not just any old trade.
Maxi Kleber - $9.1 Million
Entering 4th Season Of A 4-Year, $35.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $9.1 Million)
Maxi Kleber had a really solid playoff run, thriving in his role as a stretch big man. Maxi Kleber averaged 8.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 1.1 APG during the postseason while shooting a blistering 43.6% from beyond the arc. Maxi Kleber has shown that he is a solid role player that can provide floor spacing, and having a stretch big man on a $9.1 million contract is a steal.
Maxi Kleber is set to make around $9.1 million next season, though the deal isn't guaranteed. Having a big man that can shoot 3PT shots is crucial for building a roster around Luka Doncic, as he often creates open shots for his teammates on the perimeter.
It is possible that the Dallas Mavericks will guarantee Maxi Kleber's salary, just to move him as part of a trade package for a star. However, from a basketball standpoint, if no trades are available, then Maxi Kleber should be retained.
Davis Bertans - $16.0 Million
Entering 3rd Year Of A 5-Year $80.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $16.0 Million, 2023-24: $17.0 Million, 2024-25: $16.0 Million, Player Option)
Davis Bertans' primary value is on the offensive end, as a shooting power forward that can also play some minutes at the center position. Davis Bertans shot 36% from beyond the arc during the regular season after he got traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and he is clearly a big man that is capable of knocking down open shots created by Luka Doncic.
However, there are definitely some things that one should be concerned about when it comes to Davis Bertans. When his jumper is off, he genuinely cannot provide anything defensively. He is a subpar rim protector and often gets blown by on the perimeter as well. As a big man, he also doesn't give enough rebounding to justify his value when he isn't going offensively. The Dallas Mavericks also have a player in Maxi Kleber that has a similar skill set and would be able to achieve similar results in his role.
As far as Davis Bertans' value goes, his production does not justify his contract value. With that being said, he can still be a useful player in the right position. The Dallas Mavericks should try to package his contract along with others to get an upgrade, but it is unclear if there are trade deals that will allow them to do so.
Dwight Powell - $11.1 Million
Entering 3rd Year Of $33.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $11.1 Million)
Dwight Powell is an athletic big man that is capable of finishing well near the basket. He is a rim-running big that can rebound and is overall a solid player that knows his role and can play off of Luka Doncic. He averaged 8.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.2 APG in 21.9 MPG during the regular season, and while he is no star, he is a good role player that fits what the Dallas Mavericks are doing.
There is a possibility that Dwight Powell could potentially be traded as his $11.1 salary could be combined with others to get a big-name player. He started at center for a majority of the season, but Dwight Powell's ideal role is that of a backup big man. His minutes were also notably cut in the playoffs.
It remains to be seen what the Dallas Mavericks end up doing with Dwight Powell. He could fit a role well if he is kept but would be a solid trade piece if he was moved, especially because he is on an expiring contract. The optimal move would likely be to move him, as there are other players that can do similar things as him that could be gotten on lower-value contracts.
Trey Burke - $3.3 Million (Player Option)
Entering 3rd Year Of $9.5 Million Contract: (2022-23: $3.3 Million)
Trey Burke is a player that didn't get much playing time this year, but he has shown that he can be an offensive spark plug off the bench in the past when he did get minutes. However, it seems as though he is not a good fit with this Dallas Mavericks roster, especially since the Dallas Mavericks already has a plethora of other guards such as Jalen Brunson or Spencer Dinwiddie that can take on ball handling duties.
Next season, Trey Burke will be on a $3.3 million contract if he ends up accepting his player option. While it is possible that he will accept the guaranteed money, there is also a chance that he will end up declining the option to potentially chase a bigger role elsewhere and play up his value for the 2023 free agency. The loss of Trey Burke wouldn't be a huge one for the Dallas Mavericks though, and thus far, Jason Kidd has clearly shown that he won't play Burke big minutes.
Frank Ntilikina - $2.0 Million
Entering 2nd Year Of $3.8 Million Contract: (2022-23: $2.0 Million)
Frank Ntilikina isn't a scorer, and it is highly unlikely that he does become one in the future, even if he is still young. However, what Frank Ntilikina does provide is physical defense on guards, and he has the length and the speed to disrupt elite offensive players. He is absolutely not a player one puts out for extended minutes, but when someone is on fire and the Dallas Mavericks need a player to get a stop, Frank Ntilikina is the man for the job.
Next season, Frank Ntilikina will be on a non-guaranteed deal worth around $2.0 million. It is unclear whether the Dallas Mavericks will keep him, but Jason Kidd has emphasized the value of the defensive end of the floor. However, the Dallas Mavericks have other defensive players that can do similar things as Frank Ntilikina, so perhaps we'll see him get cut in the future, though there's certainly value in retaining him.
Marquese Chriss - $2.2 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of 2-Year, $3.2 Million Contract: (2022-23: $2.2 Million)
Marquese Chriss is a limited minute big man, but he does provide finishing near the rim, athleticism, and some ability to shoot. He was acquired by the Dallas Mavericks during the 2020-21 season and will be signed through the end of the 2021-22 season. It is difficult to see him getting a lot of playing time next season, but on a low contract, he is a solid big man option in case of injury or if Jason Kidd wants to switch things up during a game.
Josh Green - $3.1 Million
Entering 3rd Season Of 4-Year Rookie Contract: (2022-23: $3.1 Million, 2023-24: $4.8 Million)
Josh Green was drafted in the 2020 NBA Draft as the 18th overall pick. He hasn't quite figured things out enough to be a mainstay in the rotation, but he has shown himself to be a capable enough 3PT shooter and defender in the limited minutes that he has played. Josh Green shot 35.9% from beyond the arc during the regular season. While he struggled in the playoffs, it is quite possible that he will develop further as he is still young and will only turn 22 during the next season. Overall, he seems like a good player to keep given the upside and the low cost of rostering him.
Boban Marjanovic - $3.5 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of $7.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $3.5 Million)
Boban Marjanovic is a player that is mostly known for his height. He is 7'4", and can score well in the post, but is far too slow and unathletic to play heavy minutes in a game. With that being said, Boban Marjanovic is a solid option when one wants to give the opposing team a different type of player to deal with on the offensive end. He has been in the league for 6 seasons now, and he's a valuable veteran to have as a locker room presence as well. It seems likely that the Dallas Mavericks will keep him around next season, even if it's only for his experience.
Sterling Brown - $3.0 Million
Entering 2nd Season Of A 2-Year $6.0 Million Contract: (2022-23: $3.0 Million)
Sterling Brown isn't an outstanding offensive player, but he is a solid defensive wing that can provide athleticism and make life difficult for some of the opposing team's perimeter players in limited minutes. He will be on a $3 million contract next season, and that seems like a solid contract for a young rotational player that does well in limited minutes.
Theo Pinson - $1.6 Million (Qualifying Offer)
Theo Pinson is an end-of-the-bench rotation player, and he doesn't play heavy minutes at all for the Dallas Mavericks. He does provide hustle and energy in the minutes he does play though, and the cost to keep him on the roster isn't astronomical. We'll see if the Dallas Mavericks do end up offering him a qualifying offer, but he wouldn't be a bad end of the bench player for next season.
The Dallas Mavericks Will Be Contenders Going Forward
The Dallas Mavericks have shown what they are capable of during the 2022 playoffs, and there's no question that they have some solid role players around Luka Doncic. However, it is also true that they are missing that elite co-star for Luka Doncic that could make them the favorites for the championship.
With that being said, there's no doubt that the Dallas Mavericks are a good enough team to be among the last 4 teams standing. That makes them a contender, and they will definitely be back among the best next season.
If they choose to do so, the Dallas Mavericks have a variety of contracts that can be packaged up for a star in terms of a trade. Obviously, a star has to be available for them to make a move, but they have the ability to put together contracts to get that star.
Hopefully, we see the Dallas Mavericks make some sort of improvement in the future. They are clearly on an upwards trajectory, and it's quite likely that we'll see Luka Doncic win a title sooner rather than later.