Dallas Mavericks to Sign Manny Harris, Jarrod Uthoff
The Dallas Mavericks continue their revolving carousel at the end of the roster as they bring in Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff to 10-day contracts.
After the trade deadline roster moves that sent out three players and brought back Nerlens Noel, the Mavericks obviously created two open roster spots with the moves.
Instead of following in the same footsteps of previous years in Dallas and using those spots for aging veterans, the Mavericks have chosen to take a different path as continue to look for another diamond in the rough. Another Yogi Ferrell to say the least.
Almost two weeks ago, Dallas used those two spots on two D-League standouts, Quinn Cook and Ben Bentil.
Cook would come into a solid role off the bench where he would average over 15 minutes a game in five games. Bentil was a different story as the forward barely saw the court in his 10 days and averaged just over three minutes a game.
Now their 10-day contracts are up and the Mavericks are set to give two different players a shot at those two roster spots.
Jarrod Uthoff is a 6’9″ power forward out of Iowa that has spent this season in the D-League playing for Fort Wayne Mad Ants. This season he is averaging over 17 points and 9 rebounds a game as he his considered to many as one of the better players in the D-League.
Chris Reichert, D-League guru of The Step Back, said recently said that Uthoff is playing like a top 5 player in the D-League. Uthoff made Reacher’s recent top 10 D-League prospect rankings you can read here.
As far as the other spot, the Mavericks are looking right down the road for their other spot.
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Down the road in Frisco, Harris is known as one of the best scorers in all of the D-League.
The 6’5″ shooting guard from the Texas Legends has turned heads this season as he is averaging over 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists a game. But this won’t be the first time Harris has spent some time in the NBA.
Harris is 27 years old and made his NBA debut in 2010 when he appeared in 54 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His last run in the league came in 2014 when he appeared in nine games for the Los Angeles Lakers. Since then, he has spent time in the D-League.
With the Mavericks set to get J.J. Barea back soon, it is unclear how many minutes Harris or even Uthoff will receive, but this gives the Mavericks another shot at trying to find another Yogi Ferrell-type of player.
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This brings the roster to a full 15 man roster as they go into Friday’s home game.