One more move for the Dallas Mavericks before they call it a night. The Mavs have signed one undrafted free agent up to this point. Shooting guard, Josh Reaves, who played at Penn State, will be joining the Mavs this summer.
It appears that the Dallas Mavericks used the 2019 NBA Draft in order to bolster their wing depth and defense. It started when the team made a trade to select Isaiah Roby, a 6’8″ wing with elite defensive ability and a shot that could come around. And now, reports are coming in that the Mavs have signed another potential piece to the puzzle in Josh Reaves, shooting guard from Penn State University.
The initial reports said simply that the Mavs have agreed to sign Reaves, but now it appears that the deal will be for a two-way contract. This could be a really nice move for the Mavericks who are just in search of quality players that could fill out the roster.
Reaves was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 10 conference this year. Reaves played four years at Penn State and was a regular starter for his entire collegiate career. In his senior season, he posted averages of 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. His shooting numbers were good but nothing too spectacular.
It is pretty clear that Reaves is best known for his defensive ability. He has quick hands, an eye for the ball and a drive that keeps him working no matter what. This is a nice addition for the Mavs who take no risk by bringing Reaves on, but could find a potential 3-D option like they did with Dorian Finney-Smith just a few years ago.
The Mavericks are likely to have two new players in the two-way contract slots this year, with Kostas Antetokounmpo and Daryl Macon finding new alternatives to potential NBA success, whether it still be with the Mavs organization or not.
Dallas has not started planning out the roster in any significant way at this point, but the two-way contract players will not count against the roster space for Dallas as they are split between the NBA and the G-League throughout the year.
The Dallas Mavericks may continue to make moves over the next few days, but don’t be surprised if they stay quiet up until the start of free agency. Despite a unique draft night, free agency remains the Mavs top priority this offseason.