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Gian Clavell earns two-way contract with Mavs

Hard work in the preseason pays off for the undrafted rookie.

NBA: Preseason-Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon the Mavericks announced they would convert Gian Clavell’s contract into a two-way contract, meaning Clavell will spend the majority of his time in the G League and up to 45 days in the NBA.

When Dallas originally signed him before the preseason, they included the option for the contract to be picked up as a two-way if the Mavericks liked what they saw from Clavell in the preseason. They did.

Two-way contracts are a new addition to the NBA this season. Each team is allowed to sign up to two two-way contracts at a given time. Clavell is their second of these contracts, joining Summer League standout Johnathan Motley.

Clavell is a native of Puerto Rico and, like J.J. Barea, attended high school in Miami. Last season at Colorado State, Clavell won the Mountain West Player of the Year and led the conference in scoring with 20.4 points per game.

The undrafted rookie appears unlikely to be a difference on the NBA team this season, but the Mavericks liked what they saw in his preseason games enough to take a flyer on this young player.