Rumors: Mavericks to sign defensive menace to contract

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The Dallas Mavericks' opening game against the San Antonio Spurs is less than two weeks away, and there are some moves on the way that have to happen before then.

The Mavs still have a two-way roster spot available, but according to a recent report, one of Dallas' previously signed guards may be on the way out.

According to Josh Mazur of 214 The Win, the Mavs are going to waive Mike Miles Jr. Dallas signed Miles Jr. on draft night to a two-way contract, but he didn't play at all during the Mavs' first three preseason games.

Rumors: Mavericks to sign defensive menace to contract

This seems like a strange move by Dallas, as they are waiving Miles Jr. when they still had an open two-way spot, but there may have been two Exhibit 10 players that caught the front office's eye.

One of those players is Dexter Dennis. In the same tweet that Mazur reported that Dallas would waive Miles Jr., he also heard that the Mavs would sign Dexter Dennis to a two-way contract, leaving one more spot available if both reported moves happen.

Dennis is a rookie from Texas A&M, and he averaged 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. He hasn't shown much as a shooter, as he only shot 31.0 percent from downtown last season, but there is room for improvement there.

In Dallas' preseason games, Dennis has flashed his ability as a one-on-one on-ball defender as well as being a solid help defender. He has also shown off his freakish athleticism as he had a ferocious slam.

Dennis could be the perfect fit on Dallas' roster, as they need more guard defenders, and he could be a player who eventually becomes part of the rotation. Despite Miles Jr.'s talent, it seemed that Dallas needed a guard with size more in the first place, as the Mavs already have plenty of smaller guards that can score.

We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors on Dexter Dennis and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.