The Dallas Mavericks were 14-15 when they signed Theo Pinson to a 10-day hardship deal as the team’s COVID outbreak was just beginning. Pinson was in his fourth NBA season, but he never found a consistent role in Brooklyn or New York. The 6’5 wing was playing well in the G League, and Dallas needed a healthy body on their roster.
Pinson stuck for the rest of the season because of what he brought to the Mavericks locker room. The 26-year-old just played 148 total minutes, but he was with Dallas throughout their run to the Western Conference, despite not being able to play because of his two-way contract.
Pinson was the leader of the Mavericks bench, and he was the main culprit in the team receiving $175,000 in fines throughout the postseason. The 6’5 wing is no longer eligible for a two-way contract because he is entering his fifth NBA season, so the Mavs had to sign him to their 15-man roster if they wanted him back.
Theo Pinson agrees to deal to return to Dallas Mavericks
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Pinson is signing a one-year deal to rejoin the Mavericks next season. It figures to be a veteran minimum deal, and Pinson is likely to be the team’s last man off the bench.
He will be a massive boost in the locker room and on the bench. The team’s chemistry and camaraderie were key reasons why they reached the Western Conference Finals. Pinson gave his teammates energy from the bench, and his trash talk threw off opponents league-wide.
Can Theo Pinson grow into a useful rotation piece? The 26-year-old is a 6’5 athletic wing with a versatile skill set. The Dallas Mavericks hope they can improve his jumper and get him to play consistent defense. If not, he will be relegated to hype-man again next season. Expect Pinson to make an impact regardless of his role.