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Mavericks sign Trey Burke as Willie Cauley-Stein declines to play in Orlando

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The Mavericks roster gets a small shake up before the season restarts

Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

According to the Athletic’s Sham Charania, Trey Burke will join the Mavericks for the rest of the season:

The Mavericks will have the available roster spot, since Willie Cauley-Stein has decided not to join the team in Orlando, also per Shams Charania:

Though this Willie Cauley-Stein news seems to have come out of the blue, many NBA players and their partners plan to have children during the off-season, which would be in July in a regular year. In 13 games this season with Dallas, Cauley-Stein averaged five points and just under five rebounds in 12 minutes per game. His absence hurts the depth of a front court already missing Dwight Powell for the year due to an Achilles tear.

Burke joined the Mavericks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade last January and played in 25 of the 32 remaining games. His minutes were more consistent than I recalled, with Burke playing a consistent role of scoring option off the bench for the Mavericks.

Philadelphia waived Burke following a trade for Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in February. His role with the Sixers was inconsistent at best, so the 27 year old guard likely has something to prove. Burke brings needed depth to a guard rotation in need of a jolt following the season ending surgery to Jalen Brunson.