Nicolas Brussino‘s full 2016/17 salary ($543,471) becomes guaranteed at 5:00pm eastern time today, and the Mavericks are committed to keeping the rookie wing on their roster, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter). With Brussino’s salary locked in, Dallas will have 15 guaranteed contracts on its books for 2016/17.
Brussino, 23, spent last season with Penarol in Argentina, making 59 appearances and averaging 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28.1 minutes per night. So far this preseason, he has seen his playing time dwindle from 23 minutes in Dallas’ first game to just six minutes in the team’s most recent contest. However, the young Argentinian had a couple impressive outings this month, posting 13 points against the Pelicans and 11 vs. the Thunder.
Previously, Brussino’s deal had been guaranteed for $100K, so the Mavs will be committing about another $443K in guaranteed money by not cutting him loose. Assuming Brussino makes the Mavs’ 15-man roster this week and the club doesn’t waive anyone on a guaranteed salary, it would leave C.J. Williams, Keith Hornsby, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kyle Collinsworth, and Jaleel Cousins as the odd men out.