Dallas Mavericks agreed to a two-way contract with Antonius Cleveland on July 24. Here is a grade for the team’s swap of two-way players.
The Dallas Mavericks brought back a familiar face this summer. Antonius Cleveland signed on a two-way contract in Nov. 2017. After 13 games played, the Mavs waived him in Dec. 2017. The 25-year-old saw time with the Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls before getting another shot with Dallas in the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League.
Cleveland took advantage of that chance. Over the five games, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.0 block in 24.9 minutes per game. Cleveland stood out on both ends of the floor. He shot 56.1 percent from the field too.
That performance was enough for the Mavericks to waive Kostas Antetokounmpo and sign Cleveland. He will be on a two-way contract for the coming season.
It was significant because the Mavs used a second round pick on Kostas in 2018, and he was quickly claimed by the Los Angeles Lakers.
The front office clearly liked what they saw from Cleveland. He will spend most of his time in the G-League with the Texas Legends in the 2019-2020 season. The Mavericks can bring him up for 45 days with the NBA team. Cleveland will spend time developing in hopes of being a future consistent rotation piece in Dallas.
Was it a wise move? Let us take a closer look at Antonius Cleveland’s game, and give the Dallas Mavericks a grade for their latest signing.