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. 

Mavs sign Chriss to third 10-day contract, sign Pinson to two-way deal

The Dallas Mavericks were busy on Monday. They signed forward Marquese Chriss to a third 10-day contract under the COVID-related hardship allowance, signed guard/forward Theo Pinson to a two-way contract, and waived guard JaQuori McLaughlin.

Chriss, 24, signed his first 10-day with the Mavericks on December 21 and a second 10-day contract on December 31. He averaged 6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 11.9 minutes in 10 games with Dallas.

The six-year veteran was selected by Sacramento with the eighth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft and subsequently traded to Phoenix, where he earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors in his first season.

Pinson, 26, signed his first 10-day on December 20 and has averaged 2.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 9.3 minutes in 10 games. The four-year veteran spent the beginning of this season with the Maine Celtics of the NBA G League and played the last two seasons with the New York Knicks.

McLaughlin, 23, signed a two-way contract with Dallas on September 3 after going undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft. The rookie guard saw action in four games this season.