The Dallas Mavericks were dealing with a COVID outbreak in December, and they needed a spark. They found it in Theo Pinson. He only played 148 total minutes for the Mavericks and was ineligible to for the playoffs after signing a two-way deal, but Pinson still helped the Mavs reach the Western Conference Finals. The 6’5 wing was loud from the bench, and he energized his teammates with his vocal support.
Pinson was so key that head coach Jason Kidd called him the “team’s MVP” in February, and the Mavericks plan on bringing him back next season on a standard contract. The 26-year-old will impact the game whether he is on the court or cheering from the bench.
Pinson let the NBA know he is coming next season on Instagram before Mikal Bridges and Donovan Mitchell voiced their displeasure, but TP got the last laugh.
Dallas Mavericks wing Theo Pinon gets last laugh on Donovan Mitchell and Mikal Bridges
Pinson shared this post on Instagram on Friday.
Jalen Brunson gave Pinson a shootout in the comments, but Suns forward Mikal Bridges gave him a boo. Donovan Mitchell replied to the Bridges' comment with facts before Pinson got the last laugh by saying he's "living rent free in ya'll head". It was a hilarious exchange that demonstrates the impact the 6’5 wing can make without ever stepping foot on the court.
Theo Pinson is right. He is a problem. His ability to talk from the bench made an impact, and the team plans on bringing him back to do it again next season. The 26-year-old has become a key piece of their locker room, and he will likely sign a multi-year contract this summer in free agency.
The Dallas Mavericks need to upgrade their roster to make another deep playoff run. What moves will they make this summer? It is something to watch closely as free agency approaches.