The Dallas Mavericks still have work to do on their roster. In a normal year, the offseason activity is all but done by mid-August, but the Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell trade sagas have slowed down the market. Teams are waiting to see where the two superstars end up, and if they can be involved in the deal.
The Mavs have 14 players on their active roster and just one of their two-way spots filled. They are still exploring the trade market, but Dallas has plenty of room. They can bring up to 20 players to training camp, and the Mavericks would be wise to do, especially if they do not have their final roster spot filled. Having 20 allows them to send a few players to their G League squad to continue their development as well.
According to Shams Charania, the Mavericks added McKinley Wright IV and Mouhamadou Gueye on training camp invites on Aug. 14. What do those two players bring, and could either make the team’s regular season roster?
Dallas Mavericks add 2 to training camp roster: Does either have a shot to make the team?
Wright IV played five games with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, and he was fantastic in the G League. The 24-year-old averaged 18.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 36.8 minutes per game last season for the Iowa Wolves. He is an undersized point guard that went undrafted in 2021, but he has plenty of potential. Fans can see his G League highlights below.
Gueye just wrapped up his college career at the University of Pittsburgh after a long journey that spanned three colleges. The 6’9 forward was the AEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 when he played for Stony Brook, and he averaged over two blocks per game for Pitt last season.
Wright has a legit chance to stick with the Mavericks. His likeliest avenue would be on a two-way contract that allows him to play 50 games in Dallas and the rest with the Texas Legends. He would help the G League squad win games as he continues his development.
Gueye could stick with the Legends as a defensive-minded forward. The focus will be on improving his 3-point shot and finding a role for him that he could play at the next level.
The Dallas Mavericks still have just 17 players invited to training camp, so more singings are ahead, so fans should stay tuned for all the latest.