Dallas Mavericks to sign Wesley Iwundu: How does he fit?

Dallas Mavericks to sign Wesley Iwundu: How does he fit?

The Dallas Mavericks have been active this offseason. The goal has been to upgrade their roster enough to jump into title contention. They decided to accomplish it by attacking weaknesses. The Mavs wanted to improve their perimeter defense and toughness plus add a secondary creator.

GM Donnie Nelson and company started on draft night by trading for Josh Richardson. He is a wing capable of defending the opposition’s top scorer. Dallas also added two defensive-minded wings in the draft. The Mavs traded for James Johnson to bring a tough veteran off the bench and re-signed capable secondary creator Trey Burke.

Dallas was not done, though. They agreed with free agent Wesley Iwundu on Saturday evening, according to Shams Charania. Let us take a look at what the 25-year-old wing adds to the roster.

Dallas Mavericks to sign Wesley Iwundu: How does he fit?

Brad Townsend reported that Iwundu would be on a guaranteed contract next season. The 25-year-old gives the Mavs wing depth. He finished tied for 113th in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR. Iwundu has plus length and a developing jumper. The Mavericks add him on a minimum deal to help round out their roster. The 6’6 wing has not reached his ceiling.

Fans should not expect too much. Iwundu played 18 minutes per game last season for the Magic. He is a depth piece that will help the Mavs fill out the end of their bench. Having a young athletic wing that can defend is never a bad thing.

Do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to be finished with this move. Reports suggest J.J. Barea could be re-signed, but the Mavericks still have part of their mid-level exception to use. Expect another veteran big man to be on the roster before training camp begins.

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