The Dallas Mavericks announced Tuesday that they signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract. Dallas also announced that it waived forward Antonius Cleveland and center Jeff Withey.
Collinsworth spent the last two seasons with the Mavs’ G League affiliate Texas Legends. He’s averaging 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.7 steals in 18 games with the Legends this season while shooting 52.2 percent.
If Collinsworth sounds familiar other than from his time with the Legends, it’s because he was on the Mavs’ preseason roster and 2017 Las Vegas Summer League team.
In Vegas, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 15.3 minutes per game. His preseason stats were negligible through five games.
Listed at 6-foot-6, Collinsworth is technically a point guard. As you know, the Mavs can never have enough point guards. However, head coach Rick Carlisle states time and again the importance of playmakers in today’s game. If Collisworth’s numbers from the G League this season carryover, then that’s what the Mavericks are getting. If not, then his time in the pros will be short lived.
To make room for Collinsworth, both Cleveland and Withey were sent packing.
In Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland exited the game after sustaining a left ankle injury and did not return. He appeared in 13 games for the Mavericks.
Withey saw limited playing time in 10 games this season and is generally a nice guy.
UPDATE: Cleveland will undergo surgery and will miss an extended amount of time. However, Carlisle left open the idea that he could return to the team, per Mavs.com’s Earl K. Sneed.