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Dallas Mavericks waive Nate Hinton: Who could replace him on the roster?

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The Dallas Mavericks are still working on their roster. Fans are hoping for another splashy move, but it won’t be rumored target Lauri Markkanen as he was traded to the Cavaliers. The Mavs did waive Nate Hinton on Aug. 27. The 22-year-old was on a two-way contract last season after going undrafted in 2020.

Hinton did not make a massive on-court impact during his lone season in Dallas as he was limited to just 93 total minutes. The 6’5 wing entered the Las Vegas Summer League with something to prove, but he failed to stand out. Hinton averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals over five games in Vegas. He did bring energy and hype from the bench, but it was not enough as the Mavericks moved on.

The Mavs have 19 players under contract heading into training camp. Three are on Exhibit-10 deals with Dallas now having one two-way contract to fill. Who takes their final roster spot heading into the regular season?

Dallas Mavericks waive Nate Hinton: Who replaces him?

The Mavs signed three players from their summer league roster that are likely the leading candidates to land their final two-way deal. Carlik Jones, an undrafted rookie from Louisville, impressed during in Las Vegas. He averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal during summer league making Jones the favorite to grab the Mavericks' second two-way contract.

Feron Hunt and EJ Onu are also on the team’s training camp roster. Hunt was an impressive dunker in Las Vegas that brings size and length to the court. Onu averaged over five blocks per game during his junior season at Shawnee State University. He is a raw talented prospect that is likely to play for the Texas Legends this season.

Robert Franks showed his talent for the Mavericks in the Las Vegas Summer League. It would not be surprising to see him earn the final training camp invite and land a role on the Texas Legends this season.

There is plenty of talented players that went undrafted this year that are hoping to land a two-way contract with an NBA team. Expect general manager Nico Harrison to be doing his homework for the Dallas Mavericks’ final spot. Stay tuned to see who the front office signs. 

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