Report: Mavericks sign former collegiate star to contract

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The NBA offseason has moved past the draft and the initial flurry of free agency. Now is the time for teams to fill their rosters in time for training camp.

After adding Grant Williams via sign-and-trade and Oliver-Maxence Prosper in the draft, the Dallas Mavericks felt additional help at the forward spot would be necessary.

Today, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that free agent forward Joe Wieskamp has signed with the Mavericks.

Report: Mavericks sign former collegiate star to contract

Wieskamp played his college ball for Iowa, where he starred for the Hawkeyes. Throughout his three collegiate seasons, he averaged 13.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. Additionally, Wieskamp proved to be a very efficient player, as he shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from behind the arc.

After three seasons in Iowa City, he entered his name in the NBA draft. Wieskamp was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 41st overall pick.

Wieskamp only played one season for San Antonio. He appeared in 29 contests and averaged 2.1 points per game in limited action. After he departed from the Spurs, Wieskamp was selected 2nd overall in the 2022 NBA G League Draft by the Wisconsin Herd.

While playing for the Herd, Wieskamp was signed by the Toronto Raptors. He spent time playing for the Raptors and their G-League affiliate, the Raptors 905.

Wieskamp suited up for the Raptors Summer League team, where he had some solid outings. His best game was a 27-point performance against the Golden State Warriors. Aside from scoring 27 points, Wieskamp shot eight-for-eleven from the floor and a perfect eight-for-eight from the line.

Despite a strong showing in Summer League, Wieskamp was waived on July 17th. Now, the former Hawkeye will have the ability to showcase his skills once again for a new team, this time in Dallas.

Wieskamp would provide the Mavs with another plus shooter to help spread the floor for Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. He has a quick release and the size, at 6-foot-7, to shoot over defenders.

Unlike most catch-and-shoot players, Wieskamp does possess some elite athleticism. He recorded a 42-inch max vertical leap in the 2021 NBA Combine.

If Wieskamp can demonstrate an all-around game, besides his knockdown three-point shooting, he may be a player the Mavericks consider for their final two-way contract. Dallas needs another wing, and Wieskamp will likely be fighting for that final two-way spot against other wings such as Greg Brown III, a player that Dallas also signed on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to follow Wieskamp's journey with the Mavs, as he will be competing for a two-way spot during training camp.