The Dallas Mavericks released their official training camp roster on Wednesday with a full 20 players, but things are far from decided. They still have one open roster spot and one two-way contract to hand out. Dallas will have six players in camp competing for the open jobs, but someone will have to seize their final roster spot.
Owner Mark Cuban discussed the possibility of the team going into the regular season with 14 players to improve their in-season roster flexibility. The Mavs are projected to be in the luxury tax for the first time since 2011, and they want the freedom to be players in the buyout and trade markets.
Still, the Mavericks should sign someone to round out their roster, even if it is on a non-guaranteed deal. All six players in training camp will get a hard look, but there are a few worthy outside candidates too. Here are five players that could grab the team’s final roster before the start of the regular season.
Candidate to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot: 5. Isaiah Thomas
The Mavs desperately need another ball-handler after the departure of Jalen Brunson, but the market is thin. Dennis Schroder was the best available option before he signed with the Lakers less than one week ago.
Dallas is clearly not jumping at any of the available options, but Isaiah Thomas is at the top. The 5’9 point guard did play one game with the Mavericks last season. He was signed as a replacement player during the team’s COVID outbreak before entering the health and safety protocols himself. Thomas can still get a bucket and make plays, but he is far removed from his All-Star days in Boston.
The Dallas Mavericks are unlikely to sign an outside option unless someone unexpectedly gets cut or one of their players suffers an injury during training camp. Still, Isaiah Thomas is the best available point guard, and he should land a job with some team during the season if he wants one.