The Dallas Mavericks made a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals behind superstar Luka Doncic, but an underrated part of their story will always be their team chemistry. The stat sheet will show their defensive improvements, and supporters will remember Luka’s brilliance and the blowout Game 7 win over the Suns, but the bench mob and the team’s togetherness were key factors in their unexpected run.
Midseason the Mavericks signed Theo Pinson, and he made himself a key piece of their roster by bringing energy and cheering on his teammates from the bench. Head coach Jason Kidd even called Pinson the team's MVP in February. It is not uncommon for NBA teams to have a 15th man on their roster that sees limited playing time, but could the Mavericks have two?
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks plan to bring back Theo Pinson and Boban Marjanovic
Marc Stein reported via his Substack (subscription required) that the Mavs are preparing to keep both Pinson and Marjanovic on their roster for next season. Pinson was on a two-way deal this year, but he must move to the standard roster spot because he will be entering his fifth NBA season.
Keeping both Pinson and Marjanovic almost guarantees the Mavericks will make a trade this summer as they would have 15 players under contract before re-signing Jalen Brunson. Expect Dallas to be active and aggressive as they look to improve their roster around superstar Luka Doncic.
Boban Marjanovic and Theo Pinson both played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks' run to the Western Conference Finals, even if they saw limited time on the court. Expect them to bring the energy next season as Dallas attempts to make another deep playoff run.
There will be plenty of Mavericks rumors over the next month, and fans should check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.