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

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4. Theo Pinson

The Mavs brought Pinson in during their COVID outbreak in Dec. 2021, and he stuck. The 6’5 wing made a positive impact in the locker room and from the bench as the team made a run to the conference finals. Pinson even forced the NBA to change a rule because he was so effective at getting his team hyped from the sidelines. The Mavericks gave him a one-year contract last offseason, but he struggled to make the same impact in year two.

Despite becoming the 13th player in Mavericks history to record a triple-double, Pinson should be let go this summer. The 27-year-old is an unrestricted free agent, and the Mavs had to use him on the floor far too much this season. Pinson played in 40 games, and he rated as a below-replacement-level player for the season.

The Dallas Mavericks must improve their depth and have a role for every player on their roster. They cannot afford to sign options that the coaching staff does not plan on using on the floor. The Mavs would have been better off with a Boban-type, who could play a specific role against massive centers at the end of the bench.

Theo Pinson helped the team during their run to the conference finals, but he was ineligible to play in the playoffs because he was on a two-way contract. The Mavericks need that depth on their roster, which means letting Pinson go this summer in free agency.