Report: Mavericks sign once-hyped elite dunker to contract

Mar 9, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Greg Brown III (4) comes off
Mar 9, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Greg Brown III (4) comes off / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

NBA free agency has slowed down over the last few weeks as teams have mostly addressed their key needs.

Although the big signings of key players are out of the way, there is still plenty of movement that can happen before the season. The Dallas Mavericks' key moves include acquiring Grant Williams through a sign and trade as well as re-signing Kyrie Irving.

That includes signing players to their training camp rosters, and the Dallas Mavericks did just that on Tuesday.

Report: Mavericks sign once-hyped elite dunker to contract

Shams Charania reported that the Mavs signed Greg Brown III to a training camp deal.

Brown III has played two seasons in the NBA for the Portland Trailblazers and averaged 4.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. He was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2021 NBA Draft but hasn't panned out exactly how people expected.

His game is still raw, which is expected of a 21-year-old, and he spent time in the G League last season for the Ontario Clippers. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game during his time in the G League and showed signs of improvement.

The Mavericks need some positional size, and Brown III could be fighting for a two-way contract at training camp. Brown III is 6-foot-9 and can play either forward spot, and his athleticism and shot-blocking ability could make him an intriguing piece for the Mavs if they decide to give him the final two-way spot.

He is also good in the pick-and-roll and often throws down ferocious dunks. Brown III is an exciting in-game dunker, and he is fearless when catching lobs or running in transitions.

He was born in Dallas, attended high school in Austin, and went to college at the University of Texas. He has spent most of his life living in Texas, and would likely be thrilled to be playing so close to home next season.

Brown III could be the perfect candidate for the Mavericks' final two-way spot, and his size and athleticism could end up landing him a contract. He obviously wouldn't be in the team's nightly rotation right away if given a contract, but he could be a guy who spends time in the G League developing his game.

Will Greg Brown III make the Dallas Mavericks' final roster?

That question and more will be answered at some point over the next two or three months, so stay tuned.