The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly signed 26-year old guard, Maalik Wayns, a former guard for the Villanova Wildcats. Wayns went undrafted out of college and has spent the last two years playing overseas.
Another small roster move has been made by the Dallas Mavericks today as they have signed former guard for the Villanova Wildcats, Maalik Wayns. Details of the signing are still unknown, but the addition of Wayns is an interesting one for an already guard heavy Mavs team.
It should not be expected to see Wayns in the league at any point this season, seeing as Dallas already has J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, and now newly signed Gian Clavell and P.J. Dozier. This strategy is not much different than the Mavs have used over the last few years, adding a number of players to partially guaranteed contracts in order to open up as many opportunities as possible.
This should not diminish Wayns abilities at all, as he had a great four-year career with Villanova from 2009-12. Although he has had no success in the NBA between his short stints with the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers, he may still have things to offer to the team. Wayns has played in the NBA Summer League a number of times, including this year with the Washington Wizards.
Wayns has spent the last two years playing basketball overseas between Italy, Russia, and most recently with an Israeli team. Wayns is a former McDonals All-American from 2009 and was part of the Second Team All-Big East in his senior year. Again, Wayns may never actually see the court for the Mavs, but it is nice to stockpile some talent just in case.
Wayns spent a short time in the Mavericks organization a few years ago, playing for the Dallas Summer League team in 2015. Wayns showed that he is capable of scoring in a variety of ways during that summer, but did not make the impact necessary to join the Mavs. He signed with an Italian team just weeks after.
The addition is not the news that Mavs fans were probably hoping for, but it is news nonetheless. We wish the best of luck to Maalik Wayns going forward and are excited to see what happens. Let’s Go Mavs!