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Dallas Mavericks: Who is untouchable, worthwhile, and expendable?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Trey Burke Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks roster breakdown: Trey Burke

Following a heroic playoff run, many in the Mavs’ fanbase clamored for Dallas to lock up the former Naismith Award winner. That is exactly what the Mavericks’ brass did when they rewarded Burke with a three-year contract worth $10 million.

The former ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Burke had bounced around the league in search of a permanent home, but he may have found one in Dallas by showing his ability to take over games when called upon.

Unfortunately, Burke’s big-time play in the 2020 postseason might have been a mirage. After all, the NBA journeyman has never averaged more than 12.8 points per game. There is a reason why he was tossed around like Kristaps Porzingis in the paint. Burke fits the mold of Brunson. He gives a steady hand to run the offense when Doncic needs a breather, but that is nearly all he provides.

Burke averages 8.0 points and 1.6 assists in 17.3 minutes per game this season. Those numbers do not blow fans away.

His contract has him locked up with the Dallas Mavericks longer than Brunson, but there is no reason for the front office to have their decision-making be affected or shaped around the presence of Trey Burke.

Verdict: Expendable

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