In what is probably a surprise to most Dallas Mavericks fans out there, the Mavs have agreed to terms with Jarrod Uthoff on a multi-year deal with the team. Uthoff signed a 10-day contract with Dallas on March 9th.
Jarrod Uthoff and the Dallas Mavericks have reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal, although the terms of the contract are unclear at this point. At 6’9″, Uthoff looks like a player that could definitely have a reasonable NBA career ahead of him, yet this signing is shocking.
The Dallas Mavericks have been searching for a few players to finish out their roster after the trade that send out two players and brought back only Nerlens Noel, followed by the waiving of Deron Williams. The Mavs brought A.J. Hammons back up, but were still a few players short.
The first attempt to fill the roster saw Dallas sign Quinn Cook and Ben Bentil to 10-day contracts. Both of them got a little bit of run time on the court, but neither made the impression that Carlisle wanted. Neither player made the roster after their short attempts with the team.
Carlisle then turned to Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff. Harris got more playing time than Uthoff during the contract. In fact, Uthoff only played a total of 4 minutes in 2 games and went 0-1 from the field. He grabbed 1 rebound and blocked a shot in his best performance against the Raptors.
Although his production has been very minimal in the league, Uthoff did have great production while in the D-League this year. In fact, in only two games with the Texas Legends, Uthoff has scored 33 points and grabbed 17 boards total. He is shooting 48% from the field in both games.
Again, this signing seems odd for Dallas, but Carlisle must have seen something that he likes from Uthoff. There is a good chance we could see more minutes for him in the rest of the season, as the Mavs are unlikely to grab a playoff spot.
If we do get a chance to see him play, keep an eye out for his potential. He may not be the best player on the court, but he knows what he is doing. He shoots the ball well and will now get the chance to learn from the best tall shooter in NBA history.
It is an interesting signing for the Mavericks, but only time will tell what they saw from him leading up to this deal.