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NBA Free Agency 2017: Mavericks to sign Baylor forward Johnathan Motley, per report

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Dallas is getting the athletic big man from right down the road in Waco.

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The Dallas Mavericks have signed former Baylor forward Johnathan Motley to a two-way deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The 6-foot-10 Motley averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game in his junior year. He shot 53 percent from the floor and made 70 percent of his free throws.

Motley was one of the surprise undrafted players as a result of Thursday’s NBA Draft. He possesses the size and length to be a serviceable power forward. He doesn’t possess the ability to stretch the floor beyond the 3-point line (25 percent), but the Mavericks might convert him into such a player. He suffered a torn meniscus during the Sweet 16 of the Bears’ NCAA Tournament against South Carolina.

Dallas struck gold last year with the undrafted rookie process, getting guys like Dorian Finney-Smith and Nicolas Brussino, both playing extensive minutes in the second half of the season. Motley is the kind of athletic power forward to best back up Dirk Nowitzki (and possibly push Dwight Powell to the brink of the trade block), so he’ll get his shot. If not, it’ll be in the G-League for the time being.

Regardless, this is a solid pick-up for the Mavs.