Mavs officially sign Jaden Hardy, Pinson

The Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday that they have signed guard/forward Theo Pinson. 

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Pinson (6-5, 212) returns for his second season with Dallas after he joined the club midway through the 2021-22 campaign. In 19 games for the Mavericks last year, the 26-year-old averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. The four-year veteran scored a season-high 16 points (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) in the team’s regular-season finale against San Antonio on April 10.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, native originally signed a pair of 10-day contracts with Dallas under the COVID-related hardship allowance (12/20/21 and 12/31/21) before signing a two-way contract with the club (1/10/22).

In 87 career games with Brooklyn, New York, and Dallas, Pinson has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 8.7 minutes.

In addition, the team announced that they have signed second-round pick Jaden Hardy. 

According to Marc Stein, it’s a three-year, $4.8 million deal that will make Hardy a restricted free agent after Year 3.

Dallas acquired the draft rights to Hardy, the 37th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, from Sacramento in exchange for 2024 and 2028 second-round picks.

The 20-year-old spent the 2021-22 season with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged a team-high 19.8 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 24 games.

Hardy, a former Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and Las Vegas Review-Journal Boys Athlete of the Year, will compete for the Mavericks’ Las Vegas summer league team that tips off against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

The 6-6 guard will wear the number 3. 

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