The Dallas Mavericks made the two-way contract of McKinley Wright IV official on Oct. 15. The six-foot guard earned it with an impressive training camp, and the move has been expected since the front office made four training camp cuts following Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Wright IV is limited to 50 games with the Mavericks on his two-way contract, but he will be the primary point guard and playmaker for the Texas Legends this season. The 23-year-old averaged over 19 points per game in the G League last season, and he got five games of NBA experience. Expect him to continue his development with the Mavs.
In the press release, Dallas announced that they added Grant Riller to an expected exhibit 10 deal, and he was waived just hours later, so he can play for the Legends this season. Both young guards could help give Texas one of the best backcourts in the G League this season.
Dallas Mavericks add two guards to improve depth
Rookie Jaden Hardy will see time in the G League this season after he averaged over 19 points per game for the Ignite last season. Add in Tyler Dorsey, McKinley Wright IV, and Grant Riller to give the Legends one of the most dynamic backcourts in the developmental league.
Wright IV had eight points and ten assists in the preseason-opening win over the Thunder, and he was developed strong chemistry with Jaden Hardy during training camp. Hardy made the Mavericks roster, but he will likely play some games in Frisco for additional minutes. That duo could carve up a few teams and help the Legends reach the playoffs for the second straight year.
What impact will McKinley Wright IV and Grant Riller have on the Dallas Mavericks this season? It will be minimal, but the team improved their guard depth, which was needed heading into the regular season. They now have some cover if Luka Doncic or Spencer Dinwiddie needs to miss time, and more help could be on the way shortly.