The Dallas Mavericks have “put the wheels in motion” to sign Chinese Basketball Association star Ding Yanyuhang to their summer league roster and possibly invite him to training camp, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News Saturday.
Ding was the CBA’s domestic MVP this season, averaging 23.2 points and just over five rebounds in 39 games for the Shandong Golden Stars, who were bounced from the first round of the CBA playoffs.
Per Sefko, Mark Cuban wouldn’t comment on the 23-year-old star because the signing wouldn’t be official until July 1.
This isn’t just a PR move by the Mavericks aimed at tapping into the Chinese basketball market. Ding is actually a good player with the ability to score the ball, which is always welcome in Dallas. And at just 23 years old, he fits in Dallas’ plans to build around a younger core.
Signing an undrafted swingman worked this year for the Mavericks with Nicolas Brussino; perhaps good fortune will strike again next season with Ding.