Mavericks place Eugene Omoruyi on waivers

Dallas Mavericks, Eugene Omoruyi
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The Dallas Mavericks did not have a pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they were not shy about signing undrafted free agents for their Las Vegas Summer League squad. Eugene Omoruyi played his way into one of the team’s two-way contracts with his performance in Vegas. The 6’7 wing is an older rookie that showed versatility and the ability to guard multiple positions. 

Things did not go as planned for Omoruyi in his time with the Mavericks. He played in just four games and a total of 18 minutes as he was limited to mop-up duties. The 24-year-old was a key piece for the Texas Legends before suffering a toe injury on Dec. 15 that required season-ending surgery.

On Dec. 26, the Mavericks requested waivers on Omoruyi ending his time in Dallas. Here is a look at why they made the move, and what could be next for the rookie and the team.

Mavericks place Eugene Omoruyi on waivers

The Mavs letting Omoruyi go should not come as a shock. The 6’7 wing is already 24 years old, and he just did not show enough during his brief stint in Dallas. Omoruyi is a below-average 3-point shooter, and his defensive contributions could not make up for it.

Eugene Omoruyi was ruled out for four-to-six months following his surgery, so a lengthy rehab is ahead for the rookie. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 25.3 minutes per game for the Legends. Expect him to get another chance in the G League if that is the route he decides to take. Omoruyi has goals outside of basketball that he could pursue as well.

The Dallas Mavericks opened up a two-way contract spot by releasing Eugene Omoruyi. Expect them to sign another talented youngster that is currently playing in the G League. Carlik Jones is likely near the front of the line, but there are plenty of options for Dallas after Omoruyi clears waivers.

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