The Dallas Mavericks parted ways with Nate Hinton on Aug. 27. He spent his rookie season on a two-way contract where he was limited to just 93 total minutes with the Mavs. Hinton made his biggest impact hyping the team up from the bench. By all reports, he was a fantastic teammate, and the 22-year-old did plenty of work in the community too.
The Mavs waived Hinton from his two-way deal after he failed to impress in the Las Vegas Summer League. They signed Jaquori McLaughlin as his replacement. He is a better ball-handler and playmaker, but both players still have plenty of upside.
Hinton did not sit on the free-agent market long. The Indiana Pacers, featuring former Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, swooped in and signed Nate Hinton to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to Hoops Rumors' JD Shaw. Here is a look at Hinton’s chances of making their regular-season roster.
Former Dallas Mavericks wing Nate Hinton signs with Pacers
Carlisle has familiarity with Hinton, which should help the 22-year-old in Indiana. The Pacers have 15 players under contract, but Oshae Brissett is on a non-guaranteed deal. Indiana has filled their two-way contracts already. Likely, they signed Hinton to join their G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The 22-year-old averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 23.0 minutes per over ten game with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League bubble last season.
It was fantastic to see Nate Hinton land a training camp invite with the Indiana Pacers. Hopefully, the 22-year-old continues to develop and makes their regular-season roster. It will be one of the many stories around the league for Dallas Mavericks fans to follow when things kick off on Sept. 28. Check back to The Smoking Cuban daily for all the latest news, analysis, and rumors that supporters won’t want to miss.