The Dallas Mavericks went in to NBA free agency and the off-season hoping to turn themselves into real title challengers.
FREE AGENCY FRENZY
And the Mavericks were so close to doing just that after DeAndre Jordan decided to join the team before ultimately reneging on his agreement in pretty cowardly fashion to end up staying in Los Angeles with the Clippers.
The Mavericks let Tyson Chandler leave in free agency for the Phoenix Suns as they thought they were getting Jordan, so naturally they were left with a massive hole at the center spot. That was filled by Samuel Dalembert a couple of days ago and now some new signings have been made.
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The Mavericks released a statement on their official website yesterday, revealing that they had come to terms with rookie forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley.
"The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed," the statement read.
The 6-foot-9 Brandon Ashley joins the Mavericks after playing for the Atlanta Hawks’ summer league team. The former Arizona man averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 21.7 minutes in seven games for the Hawks in Las Vegas.
Jamil Wilson, on the other hand, has previously played in the NBA D-League, spending the 2014-15 season with the Bakersfield Jam, which is important. Those 41 appearances in the D-League mean that the Mavericks can't just waive him without taking a cap hit.
So Wilson is there to make a serious run at making the Mavericks' final roster when all cuts are said and done, compared to Ashley who could just be another body to have around and then be sent to the D-League.
In 41 games for the Bakersfield Jam, he averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block in 26.2 minutes. Wilson attended Marquette University where he averaged 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 32 games as a senior.