Rumor: Mavs not an expected match for a Steven Adams salary dump with Thunder
Having signed both Paul George and Dennis Schroeder to lucrative contracts last summer after agreeing to a $100 million deal with center Steven Adams in the year prior, the Oklahoma City Thunder already find themselves over the luxury tax. As such, the Thunder have begun to explore their options and are shopping Adams around to get a gauge for his value. The Dallas Mavericks had been seen as a potential trading partner for the Thunder, but Mavs Insider and “247Sports” reporter Mike Fisher says his sources indicate that Adams will not be headed to the Mavs in any salary dump.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) July 3, 2019
The Mavs secured their biggest piece by agreeing to terms on a five-year, $158 deal with Kristaps Porzingis, whom the team acquired from the New York Knicks in February.
Since then, they have set continued to add depth pieces, reaching an agreement with sharpshooter Seth Curry and coming to terms with big man Boban Marjanovic. Although the Mavs still have some space and could flirt with acquiring Adams, it seems more likely that they will scour the market and fill out the roster with an assortment of short-term deals.
In many ways, Adams would be a perfect piece to compliment Porzingis. Whereas Adams does all of his work on the interior, his rebounding ability would allow Porzingis to pervade the perimeter and work in pick-and-pop with Luka Doncic.
The Mavs seem insistent that Dwight Powell more accurately represents the team’s future at the five spot, but Adams is a borderline All-Star and a legitimate two-way.
Considering that the Mavs were another team that has had a slightly disappointing free agency period–given how much cap they had even after the Porzingis deal–it is somewhat surprising that they do not appear to be more engaged on someone like Adams.