Dallas Mavericks: Breaking down the roster going into 2019-20
By Kohl Rast
Most Likely Gone
Dirk Nowitzki – The tears well up every time I talk about it, but it is true that this is most likely the end of the line for the Big German. After 21 amazing, historical seasons, the Dallas Mavericks will most likely be moving on without their superstar for the first time this century. This is probably the hardest thing Mavs fans have had to go through since the beginning of the franchise, and even though he is leaving the team in capable hands, it does not make this any easier.
Trey Burke – I know a lot of people have liked what Burke has done for the team this year in his limited minutes, but the fact is that if the Mavs are going to go forward with another guard next to Jalen Brunson off the bench, it is much more likely to be J.J. or Devin than it is to be Burke. Burke offers a unique sort of explosiveness when he is on the court, but will likely be looking for a better contract than Dallas will be willing to offer.
Salah Mejri – I’m not sure if this is hopeful or actually based in probability, but I don’t see Salah coming back again next year. With Dwight Powell likely moving to the backup center role and Maxi capable of playing center as well, Mejri would be a wasted roster spot, even if his contract hardly even counts against the books. Salah is one of those guys that you either love or you hate and the crowd is heavily leaning in the wrong direction for another year from the big man from Tunisia.
Daryl Macon – As far as two-way contracts go, Daryl Macon was even more forgettable than most of the guys the Mavs had last year. He could blossom into a decent player, but the Mavs likely won’t want to use a contract on him, unless it is non-guaranteed.
These are all just my own personal guesses on how the roster breaks down going forward, but no matter what happens, the Mavericks will have plenty of questions to answer this summer. Luckily, some of those questions will be answered for them before they have to dive in too deep.