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5 best options for Mavericks open two-way contract

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Dallas Mavericks, Carlik Jones
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Dallas Mavericks option for two-way contract: 3. Carlik Jones

Jones went undrafted in 2021, and he joined the Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League. He was arguably the team’s best player at the event, which earned him a training camp deal. The Mavs had a full roster and were forced to waive Jones, but he caught on with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks G League affiliate.

Jones has been impressive in Frisco where he is averaging 20.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 30.8 minutes per over his first 11 games of the season. The 24-year-old guard played so well that he earned a ten-day hardship deal with the Mavericks, and played nine minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 23.

The 6’1 guard is a bit undersized and turns the ball over too much, but the 24-year-old is still developing. The Mavericks need playmakers and shot creators, and Jones certainly has some juice off the dribble.

Dallas Mavericks supporters that follow the Legends closely want Carlik Jones to grab the open two-way spot, but the organization is likely to go in a different direction. They already have Jones in their system, and the open roster spot could be a way to add a player from outside the organization.