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Report: Mavericks withdraw Doug McDermott’s qualifying offer

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) stumbles as Dallas Mavericks forward Doug McDermott (20) tries to break past him at an NBA basketball game in Dallas Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez)


The Mavericks extended qualifying offers to Doug McDermott, Yogi Ferrell and Salah Mejri.

Would any of those players accept the – not so fast, Doug.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

The Mavericks obviously feared McDermott accepting his $4,333,932 qualifying offer and eating into their cap space. I wonder whether they’ll also pull Ferrell’s $2,919,204 qualifying offer before he accepts it.

If they decline Dirk Nowitzki’s $5 million team option,* waive all their unguaranteed players and renounce all their free agents, the Mavericks would open about $30 million in cap space. That’d go a long way in this market.

*Surely re-signing him with the room exception or to a minimum salary.

Dallas has been linked to DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and Julius Randle. Obviously, center is a priority.

The Mavericks draft-night trade for Luka Doncic expedited their timeline. Doncic was the best current player in the draft, and Dallas relinquished its top-five-protected 2019 first-rounder to the Hawks. The Mavericks are better positioned and more incentivized to win next season.

McDermott is a good 3-point shooter, but also a defensive liability without much of an all-around game. He’s fine, and Dallas might still re-sign him.

But he’s not good enough to sacrifice flexibility on when the Mavericks can aim much higher.