Dallas Mavericks: Five things to think about after DeAndre Jordan deal
By Kohl Rast
4. Some players will be back
The fact of the matter is that Dallas will need to fill their roster. Whether that is with someone that they are intrigued by or someone that they see potential in, it doesn’t change the fact that some of those guys will be returning players. That is not a bad thing though, as many of the young guys have a lot of room for growth.
I expect that the Mavs will retain Dorian Finney-Smith and Yogi Ferrell. I don’t think there is really widespread interest for either of those guys, so I expect them to be on very team friendly deals next year. I also think the Mavs will fit Seth Curry into the plans. After a solid season in which he showed that he could be a sharpshooter, Curry sat out all of 2017-18 with an injury. He will be ready to return.
The players I do not expect to see back are Salah Mejri, Nerlens Noel, Aaron Harrison, and maybe Kyle Collinsworth. Some of those guys may go to the G-League team and others will move on, but I think Dallas is doing the right thing by passing on those guys, except for maybe Collinsworth. He could have a spot, but the guard depth is pretty steep.
The one wild card on my list is Maxi Kleber. He gives Dallas some frontcourt depth and showed a lot of growth throughout last year, but he also has a lot to learn before he can be a really affective player on the court. Either way, I would like to see him back for another year.
We already know that Doug McDermott is gone, which should be viewed as a major blow to Dallas. The three-year deal was just a little more than Dallas wanted to settle into right now and they paid the price for it. At some point, Dallas needs to find a better standard for the “should they stay or should they go” question they continually have to ask. As of right now, I am not particularly happy about it.