Mavericks Agree to Terms With Center Jarrid Famous
By Jay Knodell
Mavericks, Jarrid Famous agree to partially guaranteed contract
The Dallas Mavericks have acquired globetrotting free agent journeyman Jarrid Famous on a partially guaranteed one-year contract, according to Shams Charania of RealGM:
Famous most recently played five games for the Washington Wizards summer league team in Las Vegas, where he posted averages of 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds on nearly 54% shooting, but the 27-year old has played ball all around the world over the course of his journey.
A piece from Jorge Castillo for the Washington Post chronicles his voyage:
"Every year, players with a myriad of basketball backgrounds — journeys through the world to play the sport professionally — fill summer league rosters. Famous’s path is one of the more exhaustive. It goes as follows: He went to a junior college for two years before playing two seasons at South Florida, went undrafted in 2011, began his professional career in Slovakia, then played for the D-League’s Iowa Energy, for the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, in the Philippines, in the Philippines for another club, in the Dominican Republic, for the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders, back with the D-League’s Energy, back in the Dominican Republic for another team, in Lebanon, back with the D-League’s Energy, with the D-League’s Texas Legends, and for a third different team in the Philippines."
The Mavericks are particularly thin in the front court, and if Famous can be counted on to do a few certain things out on the court could end up making the team and perhaps see some time in the rotation. He knows what his strengths are and his role on an NBA roster. From that same Washington Post piece, which came following two strong performances for the Wizards:
"“I’m just trying to do the things that got me here,” Famous said earlier in the week. “The things that I’m good at. Rebounding, running the floor, playing defense. Doing things big men are supposed to do.”"
He did those things against the Mavericks less than a week ago, scoring 16 points on 7-12 shooting, grabbing nine rebounds in Washington’s 85-79 win.
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