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

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2. Josh Green

Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Green along with several other players on this list seem like they will likely return, but just due to his tradeable contract and high upside, he is someone who could be moved if the Mavs decide to make a big trade this summer.

This season, Green averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from downtown. Green remains one of the best shooters on the team and his defense was excellent at times during the playoffs, but his inconsistency remains a problem.

Green seemingly never strings together solid back-to-back performances, and his injuries over the last few seasons could start to be concerning. He has battled multiple elbow injuries and an ankle injury over the last two seasons, and the Mavs may decide to throw him into a big trade to land a third star (if they go that route), and no one would be shocked if teams are calling about him this summer.

Teams were calling the Mavs last summer about Green, and the Mavs refused to include him in a potential trade around the time of the draft for Clint Capela. I could see the Mavs using a similar mindset with Green this summer, but he may just be the piece they have to trade if they make a big swing.

He's young, he plays extremely hard, and he is locked up on a team-friendly deal until after the 2026-27 season. Teams around the NBA could be drooling at the chance to acquire Green, and only time will tell if the Mavs hold on to him or not. I expect him to be back, but if Dallas makes a big trade, Green will be coveted