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Mavs prefer trading Courtney Lee instead of stretch-waive option to clear space

The Dallas Mavericks will look to trade veteran guard Courtney Lee instead of waiving him to clear cap space.

Previous reports indicated that the Mavs will look to use the stretch-and-waive option on Lee. However, Mike Fisher of CBS Sports reiterated once again the trading Lee is still the priority of Dallas. Trading Lee would put the Mavs in a better position to acquire a marquee free agent this summer.

The Mavs are projected to have around $30 million in cap space when the free-agency period begins on June 30. It will increase if they find a way to trade Lee, who might be attractive to teams who are looking to create cap space next year. The 33-year-old will earn $12.76 million next season before becoming a free agent next summer.

Dallas is reportedly eyeing Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who will be one of the most coveted free agents later this month. However, it appears Walker’s priority is to remain in Charlotte, as he is actually willing to take less than a supermax contract to help the Hornets build a formidable team around him.

If they miss out on Walker, the Mavs might already have a Plan B in place. According to Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com, the Mavs will also reach out to veteran guard Patrick Beverley, who is reportedly planning to approve a meeting with Dallas executives on June 30.