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Dallas Mavericks rumors: Jaquori McLaughlin lands two-way deal

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The Dallas Mavericks had their sights set on signing a marquee free agent this offseason, but it never happened. Instead, they added Reggie Bullocks and Sterling Brown to improve their shooting and perimeter defense. The Mavs also gave new deals to Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Boban Marjanovic. They improved on the margins, but are still not done.

The Mavericks are eyeing significant moves. The Goran Dragic rumors aren’t dying down until the veteran is moved out of Toronto. Dallas has a full 15-man roster but has at least one more player to add before training camp begins on Sept. 28.

The Mavs released Nate Hinton from his two-way contract, and the search for his replacement appears over. Tim McMahon reported the Mavericks are adding Jaquori McLaughlin to fill that two-way deal. Let us take a closer look at what he brings to Dallas.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks land Jaquori McLaughlin on two-way deal

McLaughlin is a 6’4 guard that played five seasons of college basketball. He finished his career at UC Santa Barbara where he averaged 16.0 points, 5.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game as a senior. The 23-year-old shot over 40 percent from 3-point range in each of his final two college seasons.

McLaughlin went undrafted in 2021 but played for the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League. He averaged 10.2 points, 5.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 24.2 minutes per over five games.

The 23-year-old will spend most of his time with the Texas Legends this season, but his two-way contract gives the Mavericks the flexibility to play him in Dallas. He is a development piece for the organization that has showed plenty of promise in his college career.

The Dallas Mavericks now have their 17-man roster filled. They could still make moves, but they are waiting for the right moment. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest rumors, news, and analysis.

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