5 Dallas Mavericks who may not be back next season

Tyler Watts
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4. Markieff Morris

Morris came to Dallas in the Kyrie Irving trade. The Nets did not have roster space, so they wanted to make a two-for-two swap with the Mavericks. Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie were sent to Brooklyn, and the 6’9 forward was selected as the fourth player to complete the trade.

Morris did not play in his first seven games with the team as he worked his way into shape. He was not a consistent part of the Nets' rotation, so he needed some time to improve his conditioning. Since his first action with Dallas, Morris has played a total of 15 minutes for the Mavs over three games with one DNP-CD. He is a fringe part of the rotation that becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Since 2018, Morris has played for seven different teams in five seasons, and he has struggled to find a consistent role. The 33-year-old helped the Lakers win a championship in 2020, and he likely wants to compete for another ring.

Markieff Morris will way his options in free agency, but he could be back in Dallas, especially if the Mavericks become true title contenders. He is likely going to play on a minimum contract next season, so it is all about finding the best fit where he can both play and contend for a title. Stay tuned to see how his market develops this summer.