Ranking Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay: Locker room guy
Part of the trade to acquire Christian Wood was creating roster space. The Mavericks had 14 players under contract for next season without including Jalen Brunson, who’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Re-signing JB put Dallas at the roster limit and left no open space for upgrades, so Nico Harrison shipped the four players at the end of the bench to Houston in the trade. That opened up a roster spot for this player as well.
6. Theo Pinson
Pinson played a key role in the team’s run to the Western Conference Finals, despite being ineligible to go into the game because he was on a two-way contract. The 6’5 wing brings energy and became a key voice in the locker room. The Mavs want him back next season, and he has to be on the 15-man roster as he enters his fifth NBA season.
Ranking Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay: Still developing
The Mavs only have one player in this category, and they would not hesitate to trade him in the right move.
5. Josh Green
Green’s defense and energy make the 21-year-old wing intriguing, but his 3-point shooting must improve to stick in the NBA. The 6’5 wing is working on it, but he needs to show significant improvement next season or his time in Dallas could come to an end quickly.