Rejoice Mavs fans! After a relatively quiet offseason so far for the Mavs, a transaction has been made.
Following his rookie season in the league, Dallas has chosen to waive guard-forward Nicolas Brussino after deciding to not guarantee his contract. Not an exciting or big splash of a move, but a very interesting decision for the Mavs front office that leads to more questions.
First reported by Eddie Sefko of SportsDay, Sefko added that without the guaranteed money, Brussino was likely to pursue options in Europe and is already gaining interest from teams in Spain. Though intrigued by the potential of the 24-year old from Argentina, Dallas felt it was beneficial to retain some roster flexibility.
In his first season with the Mavericks, Brussino appeared in 54 games while averaging 2.8 points per game. Although he didn’t play much during the regular season, Nico was an integral piece to the Mavs Summer League roster. In Las Vegas, Brussino averaged 8.8 points while grabbing 4.7 rebounds per game.
Regarding the future of the Mavs, they currently sit with 12 players on their roster, which can presumably be bumped up to 13 when the Mavericks and Nerlens Noel ultimately agree to a deal. As for the final two roster spots, there are a few potential candidates from the Mavs Summer League roster. China MVP Ding Yanyuhang and former Arizona Wildcat Brandon Ashley showed flashes of NBA caliber minutes during their time in Orlando and Las Vegas.
According to ESPN’s Darren Wolfson, the Mavs are among a few teams interested in veteran wing Brandon Rush. Playing last season in Minnesota, the 31-year old would prove to be another veteran presence off the Mavs bench. Rush, who has played for the Pacers, Warriors, Jazz, and Wolves, has averaged 6.8 points per game while shooting 40% from three over his nine-year career.
With August approaching, the Mavs still have time to fill out their 15-man roster. The departure of Brussino makes room for Yanyuhang and Ashley to earn their way onto the roster through training camp and preseason, which as a Mavs fan, I’m hoping for.
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