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How the Mavericks could keep their No. 13 pick and avoid the salary-cap hit

Jun 4, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly looking to trade the No. 13 pick so they can clear enough cap room to sign Dwight Howard, but if the Mavericks want to avoid the cap hold that comes with the pick, they have another option.

As detailed by ESPN’s Chad Ford, Dallas could draft a player and delay signing him for at least a year. From the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

A Team that holds draft rights to a First Round Pick may elect to have the player’s applicable Rookie Scale Amount excluded from its Team Salary at any time prior to the first day of any Regular Season by providing the NBA with a written statement that the Team will not sign the player during that Salary Cap Year accompanied by a written statement from the First Round Pick renouncing his right to accept any outstanding Required Tender made to him by the Team.

That last part is the big catch. The draft pick would have to agree to decline his guaranteed first-round contract for a year. (It would still last four years with two years guaranteed whenever it begins.) It’s far, far, far more likely an international player who’s already situated on a non-NBA team and might face a buyout – players like Dario Saric, Dennis Schroeder, Rudy Gobert, Sergey Karasev, Giannis Adetokunb and Lucas Nogueira – would be amenable to the arrangement. However, I suppose an American college player who really wants to play for Dallas and/or is projected to go lower than No. 13 might be willing to accept the deal.

The CBA also says, “When a First Round Pick provides a Team with a written statement renouncing his right to accept that year’s outstanding Required Tender, the Player shall no longer be permitted to accept it.” But I’m unsure whether a team can receive that letter before drafting a player. If not and the Mavericks go this route, they must be absolutely certain a player is willing to defer his rookie contract before drafting him.

  1. fm31970 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Soooooo, it’s just far easier to trade the pick? Yeah, just do that Dallas.

    • starks3 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Ya no kidding, just trade it for a pick next year to someone.

      • anhdazman - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Especially trade to someone who you’ll think will have another horrible year like the Bobcats\Hornets. You definitely want a couple of top 2014 pick and get a chance at Wiggins in next year’s draft.

  2. rickyspanish - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    That picture makes Cuban look like a super villian.

  3. jhuck92 - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Great picture of Cuban looking like some kind of evil mastermind

  4. doubledown44 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I think there could be a trade to be made with the Cavs. I previously thought they could do another version of what the teams did last year (when Cleveland gave up three picks to move up and get Tyler Zeller). The Cavs have 19, 31 and 33 this year and a similar trade might have been natural. Now, I’m thinking something along the lines of 31 and 33 to Dallas (non-guaranteed contracts for players who could be Eurostashes, traded or only take up very minor cap hits), for the No. 13 pick and a player headed back to the Cavs to get him off the Mavs’ cap.

  5. money2long - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    how about the mavs draft an international player and leave him overseas for a season ? wondering if that could be another method.

    • badandy519 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      i don’t think that will work.

  6. sportsnut101 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    How bout leave dirk overseas for a season then he can comeback next season at a huge discount

  7. jadaruler - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I wish they could be more effective at drafting. I think there’s value in this draft, just not the franchise player that’s usually at the top.

    Might as well delay signing the pick, Carlisle hates rookies.

  8. wlubake - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Glad to see Chad Ford has a subscription to Mike Fisher’s stuff at You guys should get one, so you could have posted this information last week when they discussed it.

    The Mavs really can’t trade this year’s pick, because they don’t have a first round pick next year. Teams can’t go consecutive years without a round 1 pick. Of course, the exception here is if they receive a 2014 first round pick in return. More likely, they make the pick then trade the player (avoiding the restriction), like they did last year with Zeller. Get an exception or a couple 2nd round picks (or the before-mentioned 2014 first round pick).

    If they go the Euro route, I’d think Saric is most likely. He could spend a year or two in Europe bulking up some, then come learn the ropes behind Dirk to maybe try and be his successor as a stretch 4.

    There is almost zero risk in picking a guy then trying to get him to defer. If he doesn’t, you just trade him for peanuts. Who doesn’t want a top 13 pick for peanuts?

  9. 00maltliquor - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    That picture…..wooow. Epic. What was going on in that particular moment in time?

  10. somekat - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    The 13 pick will belong to the Sixers as part of a sign and trade for Andrew Bynum

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      Makes sense.

    • anhdazman - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      Trade your 13 pick for that dead weight? When will you guys learn that Bynum’s knees are done. That guy has no desire what so ever. Biggest headcase that is still looking for a sucker of a team to steal from.

  11. spideysdog - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:38 AM


    do you read the posts before commenting or just think of the dumbest thing you can say. drafting a euro and stashing him is one of the options discussed …

    • money2long - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      where ? i just saw some complicated method of having the two parties sign some sort of contract. that’s not the same as leaving someone overseas outright. aren’t the bulls doing that with nikola mirotic

  12. mikep363839 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Makr Cuban wears eye liner I swear

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