The Mavericks made two roster adjustments on Monday, and they may not be done.
With the ever-changing landscape thanks to COVID-19, they were able to re-sign forward Marquese Chriss to a third 10-day contract under terms of the health and safety protocols hardship allowance.
Chriss has been a valuable member of the playing rotation with the Mavericks fighting all sorts of health issues with their centers. And the team made a related move that could clear a permanent spot for Chriss by waiving two-way player JaQuori McLaughlin.
The team also signed Theo Pinson, who like Chriss completed his second 10-day contract on Sunday, to a two-way contract. It was a spot made available when the team waived Eugene Omoruyi last month after a season-ending injury.
Pinson, 6-5, signed his first 10-day contract on Dec. 20 and quickly made an impact with seven points, four rebounds, three assists and career-best four steals in his Maverick debut the next day against Minnesota.
He has averaged 2.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 10 games.
Pinson now can split time between the Mavericks and the G-League Texas Legends in Frisco as the needs arise.
Chriss, meanwhile, has a different situation. Since the Mavericks expect Kristaps Porzingis to return from health and safety protocols soon, the team will have to waive Chriss when Porzingis returns to the active roster.
However, by waiving McLaughlin, the team now has a spot for Chriss via a two-way deal.
Chriss, 6-9, has averaged 6.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.9 minutes over 10 games since joining the Mavericks. As a former lottery pick, the Mavericks have been intrigued by Chriss’ showing so far.
It would seem likely that other teams would be waiting in line to sign Chriss if the Mavericks cannot find a way to keep him.