According to Eddie Sefko, the Dallas Mavericks will not pick up Nicolas Brussino’s salary for the 2017-2018 season. Sefko adds that Brussino will likely play in Europe this season.
Mavericks will let Nico Brussino guarantee day pass without picking up his 2017-18 salary. He's likely headed to Europe for next season.— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) July 20, 2017
In 54 games played last season, Brussino averaged 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game for the Mavs. Although Brussino showed promise of being a quality role player, he just wasn’t able to garner up the consistency needed to do so. Outside of one amazing game against the Washington Wizards last season, Brussino was not able to string together a series of decent performances. This, paired with his surprisingly bad Summer League performance probably made the decision to pass on his minimum contract rather easy.
This move opens up one more roster spot for the Mavs to fill before training camp. After a having very nice week in the Las Vegas Summer League, it would seem that Brandon Ashley is a prime candidate to take Brussino’s place on the team.