Dallas Mavericks player who might not finish season with team: 4. Dwight Powell
The Mavs have too many big men on their roster. They picked up Willie Cauley-Stein’s player option, re-signed Boban Marjanovic, and traded for Moses Brown to go with Kristaps Porzingis, Powell, and Maxi Kleber. Having six guys that exclusively play at the four and the five is too much.
Powell has two years and $22.8 million remaining on his contract, so he will not be the easiest player to move. If the Mavericks swing a trade for a talent making significant money, Powell’s $11 million salary becomes a key piece in making the math work. Willie Cauley-Stien could feature in a trade for similar reasons.
Powell returned from Achilles surgery but struggled to regain his production last season. He averaged just 5.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. The 30-year-old is likely to play a limit role again this season, and he may prefer to see if he can earn more minutes playing elsewhere.
Dwight Powell is an elite roll man and among the team’s hardest workers, but if he does not get back somewhere near his pre-Achilles tear production, the Mavericks may have no choice but to send him out of Dallas.