Return or Burn: Which free agents should the Dallas Mavericks bring back?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving
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The Dallas Mavericks are facing a ton of uncertainty this summer. They made a blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving at the deadline, but the eight-time All-Star is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Mavs need to bring him back and put the right pieces around their superstar duo to build a title contender.

Seven of the Mavs' 15 current players are set to be unrestricted free agents this summer, which leaves them with plenty of work to do. Half of Reggie Bullock’s salary is guaranteed, but the franchise wants to keep the 3-and-D wing. The front office faces difficult and crucial decisions in shaping their roster and managing their finances as a team over the salary cap.

The Mavericks will have to let a few players go if they plan on using their mid-level and bi-annual exceptions this offseason. Which of their soon-to-be free agents stays in Dallas? Here is a look at all seven to determine what the team should do this summer.

Should the Dallas Mavericks re-sign Theo Pinson this offseason?

Pinson joined the Mavs midway through last season on a ten-day contract, and he stuck around because of his impact in the locker room and on the bench. He forced the NBA to change a rule beacuse of what he did in the playoffs.

On the court, the 27-year-old has struggled. In his 35 games played this season, Pinson averages just 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game. Head coach Jason Kidd has used him in different spots, but the 6’5 wing has not been productive.

Verdict: Burn

The Mavs want to jump into championship contention next season, and they need every player on their roster to be able to make an impact. Pinson does not offer enough on-court production, and Dallas should be searching for a veteran that can play a specific role at the end of their bench.