The Dallas Mavericks must improve their roster this offseason, and Dillon Brooks made headlines on Tuesday morning after Shams Charania reported that the Memphis Grizzlies will not re-sign him "under any circumstances" (subscription required).
This comes after the Grizzlies lost to the Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Brooks finished this series averaging 10.5 points per game and shooting 23.8 percent from downtown.
This all came after Brooks called LeBron James "old" and made other interesting comments after the Grizzlies won Game 2 of the series.
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"I poke bears," Brooks said. "I don't respect no one until they come and give me 40."
Just one game later, Brooks "poked the bear" a little too hard and was ejected from Game 3 of the series for a flagrant two foul after he hit James in the midsection 17 seconds into the second half. It was evident that Brooks wasn't going for the ball as he reached to go for the steal on James' behind-the-back dribble. Stealing the ball from a player on a behind-the-back dribble is nearly impossible.
The next day Brooks was confused by the negative buzz surrounding his name and didn't hold back from telling reporters how he felt.
"The media making me a villain," Brooks said. "The fans making me a villain and then that just creates a whole different persona on me,"
At that moment Brooks deflected all of the backlash he was getting back on to the media and the fans. He didn't accept the possibility that he may have done that himself.
Now, he won't even have the option to return to the city that he has called home for the past six seasons. He will be playing for a different team next season, and the Dallas Mavericks could be in the mix for his services. Here is a look at the reasons they may or may not pursue him.