7 Dallas Mavericks players who definitely shouldn't be back next year

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6. Markieff Morris

Morris came to Dallas from Brooklyn in the Kyrie Irving trade in early February. The Mavericks desperately needed depth and defense down the stretch, but the 6’9 forward rarely played until the final two games of the season when Dallas had thrown in the towel.

Still, Morris averaged just 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in his 8.7 minutes per game over just eight contests. He played in just one Mavs win and that was the blowout over the shorthanded Indiana Pacers on March 27.

Owner Mark Cuban and general manager Nico Harrison need to do a better job at filling out their bench this offseason. Head coach Jason Kidd only had seven trusted options for his rotation this season, so he played the other players spot minutes and used them interchangeably. Dallas did not have the depth to stick with a constant rotation.

Having a veteran at the end of the bench that can bring toughness and leadership is not a bad thing, but the Mavs are likely best to just move on. Markieff Morris is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Dallas Mavericks should look to replace him with a more trusted option that they can turn to every night off the bench.