Gibson was the team’s final roster cut during the preseason, with the team keeping Acy and promising young forwards Nicolas Brussino and Dorian Finney-Smith. He scored more than 40 points per game in China last year, and then dominated Summer League for the Mavericks before just missing the final 15-man roster.
After J.J. Barea went down with injury on Wednesday that will likely keep him out a long time, the Mavericks had no choice but to cut Acy and add Gibson to the roster. Williams also left Wednesday’s game after playing 10 minutes after reaggravating his calf, and Devin Harris continues to miss time with a nagging toe injury. Although Harris was originally scheduled to return around now, it looks like he’s still some time from returning.
This means Seth Curry is the only player capable of playing point guard left on the roster for the Mavericks. He’ll likely move into the starting lineup until Williams is healthy again, but Gibson can serve as necessary depth.
Regardless, between the injuries and the 2-8 record, the Mavericks are in a bad spot. At this point, the team already has to be worrying whether digging out of this hole to reach the playoffs is in reach. Dallas is currently 3.5 games out from the No. 8 seed.