Player on Dallas Mavericks roster bubble: 1. Trey Burke
Trey Burke’s time with the Mavs has been a roller coaster. He was traded from New York to Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis deal and played well as a backup guard over the final 25 games of the 2018-2019 season. Burke became a free agent in the summer of 2019 and decided to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers only to be waived before the shutdown. Burke latched on with the Mavericks before the bubble and was outstanding, including starting the team’s final three playoff games after KP was injured. He signed a three-year deal with Dallas in the 2020 offseason but struggled to make the same impact last season.
Fans know what Trey Burke offers. The six-foot guard is an instant offense when he enters the game. He can score and provide some punch when the Mavs are sputtering. He is set to be the team’s third-string point guard this season, but other factors could make him the odd man out.
The Dallas Mavericks want their roster to be 100 percent vaccinated entering the regular season because it lessens the COVID-19 protocols and makes it easier to build chemistry. Burke is declining the vaccine and rumors suggest that the Mavs have already explored his trade market. Will Dallas cut Burke and keep Ntilikina and the two young developing players at the end of their roster?
There is a serious battle for the final roster spots during training camp. It will be interesting to see which of these three players make the team and who is looking for a new home before the start of the regular season. Stay tuned.