Dallas Mavericks sign free agent guard Dakota Mathias

Dallas Mavericks newest guard Dakota Mathias earned a training camp deal. Here is a look at how Mathias could stick with the organization.

The Dallas Mavericks made a bit of a surprising signing on July 26. The team agreed to a training camp deal with Dakota Mathias. Here is a bit of background on the newest Mav.

Mathias is listed at 6’4 and 197 pounds. He is a combo guard. Mathias played four seasons of NCAA basketball at Purdue before going undrafted in 2018. He was twice on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Mathias also shot 41.9 percent over his 597 college 3-point attempts.

The 24-year-old guard struggled to find traction last season. He played in summer league with the Cavaliers before earning a deal to play in Spain. Mathias only saw action in 14 games mostly due to injury.

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Looking for another NBA opportunity, Mathias joined the Lakers for summer league. He played in eight games combined between Las Vegas and Sacramento. Mathias averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game.

How he sticks with the Mavs?

NBA roster expands to 20 players during training camp. That does not include a team’s two allowed two-way contracts. The roster will shrink to 15 on opening night, though.

Mathias’ best chance to stick with the Mavericks would be as part of the Texas Legends. He failed to shine in summer league, so it is unlikely he will dominate during training camp. Mathias could help the Legends as a 3-and-D option on the wing. Having a knockdown shooter is never a bad thing.

The 24-year-old should continue to improve as well. Mavs fans should not get too excited, but the team is taking a shot on a skilled player. Mathias may never play in an NBA game. There is virtually no cost to making this pact, though.

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