3 Dallas Mavericks Who Won't Be Back Next Season

The Dallas Mavericks are still licking their wounds after getting manhandled in the NBA Finals by the Boston Celtics. Making it to the Finals was certainly an accomplishment for the team this season, but they learned that they'll simply have to be better if they want to be a serious championship contender next year. 

With that in mind, we have a look at three Mavericks who will not be returning for the 2024-25 season.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway was in his 6th season in Dallas, but it was only this year, as his role and production was significantly scaled back, that the team took a step up to a new level.

He had always been miscast as a potential 2nd or even 3rd option behind Luka Doncic, and now that his scoring wasn't needed as much, the team excelled beyond expectations. He still has one year left at $16 million, but look for the Mavs to try hard to move on from Hardaway Jr. this offseason.

Dwight Powell

Like Hardaway, Powell's role took a nosedive this season, but to an even greater extent. With the arrival of rookie sensation Dereck Lively II in the middle, and the acquisition of Daniel Gafford, Powell was needed less and less this season, and played only 13 minutes a night, averaging only 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. He has one season left at $4 million on his contract, then a player option for one more season. It's likely Dallas will look to trade him. 

Markieff Morris

An unrestricted free agent, Morris won't be back. He played a mere eight minutes a game in only 26 contests during the regular season, and was a complete non-factor in the playoffs. His roster spot could be put to much better use next season.

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