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5 best options for Mavericks open two-way contract

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Dallas Mavericks, Daniel Oturu
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Dallas Mavericks option for two-way contract: 2. Daniel Oturu

The Mavericks would have to wait on this one as Oturu signed a ten-day hardship contract with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, and played 19.5 minutes in their loss to the Cavaliers. Oturu could be worth the wait, though.

The 6’8 big man is a bit undersized but was the 33rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He could not find a role with the LA Clippers last season before being traded to Memphis in the Patrick Beverley deal. The Grizzlies simply did not have enough roster spots, so he was waived again. Oturu also had a two-week stint with the Bulls this season before being let go.

The 22-year-old is still figuring it out on the defensive end of the floor. He averaged 1.9 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game in the G League this season, but Windy City Bulls are just 1-6 in games when he has played.

Oturu has a developing jumper, and he was producing over 20 points and nine rebounds per game during his G League stint. There is plenty of raw potential, and the 22-year-old big man has time to reach his peak. He would be the perfect player for the Dallas Mavericks to take a chance on if they believed they could help him blossom.