The NBA is about competition on the floor, but it’s also about dollars and cents. Teams now must find players who can outperform deals they’re signed to and use them as assets on the floor or as assets to flip in order to acquire a game-changing piece. ESPNDallas.com will grade how the Dallas Mavericks fared in terms of contracts of their new acquisitions.
Brandan Wright: Re-signed to a two-year, $10 million contract. Wright will be paid $5 million in 2013-14.
The deal for Wright proved to be extremely economical for the Mavs. After a strong performance in the final 24 games of the season for the Mavs (11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and .578 percent shooting from the field), Wright emerged as a prime target to get a healthy contract in free agency.
While he was flirting with other teams, he proved to be committed to staying with the Mavs. He was patient through the process as he knew the Mavs would be able to go over the cap to sign him with Early Bird rights. As the Mavs continued to get to the salary cap number, he easily could have signed with another team, but he stayed with the Mavs as they gave him a fresh start after the early portion of his career.
With job security and momentum from last season uniting, Wright has an opportunity to carve out a consistent role for himself as the first big man off the bench.
At 25, the versatile big man still has time to have his game develop and grow. The Mavs had Brandon Bass and Ian Mahinmi develop in their system only to see them depart. They decided Wright was too good to let go.