6 Dallas Mavericks who definitely won't be back next season

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5. Markieff Morris

When the Dallas Mavericks signed Markieff Morris to a one-year deal over the summer, it was a move that confused many fans considering how small of an impact he made in the half of the season he spent in Dallas following the trade with Brooklyn.

Morris averaged 4.5 points per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from downtown, but he only played in eight games. He was battling a couple of injuries during this stretch in Dallas, but it didn't seem like he was someone who was going to stay around for the long term due to his lack of production.

Little did Mavs fans know that Morris had confidence he would remain in Dallas right when that season ended, and he played a huge role from the bench this season. Morris averaged 2.5 points per game this season while shooting 35.7 percent from downtown, and his biggest impact for the team came off the court.

Morris stepped up and spoke in the locker room during one of the team's bad stretches, and he is always the first one to encourage his teammates off the bench.

Despite his phenomenal leadership and veteran presence, the Mavs could decide to sign someone who could provide even some of an on-court impact. The Mavs needed another forward with size who could play multiple positions after Maxi Kleber went down with injury, and having another big forward who can switch on defense is ideal.

The Mavs may bring Morris back for his great vibes and leadership alone, but it wouldn't be a shock if they let him walk in favor of a shooter or forward who can switch and defend in space.