With the NBA trade deadline come and gone, the open roster spot the Mavericks have held for the greater part of the season has been filled. Speaking with the media today, Mavericks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Donnie Nelson confirmed that Kyle Collinsworth will join Dallas for the remainder of the season. The full deal is for three years, according to Yahoo!'s Shams Charania.
Collingsworth could be valuable Thursday night as the Mavericks head to the Bay to play the Golden State Warriors. The Mavs will be without guard Devin Harris, who was just traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Prior to the deadline, the Mavericks kept the roster position open in case any potential trade offer should result in Dallas taking back an additional player. However, Dallas made just one move Wednesday afternoon, moving Harris as part of a three way deal with New York and Portland. The Mavs received only one player in return, Doug McDermott, and so the roster spot remained unfilled.
Collinsworth has played through two 10-day contracts for the Mavericks while also spending time with the Texas Legends. In his 11 games with Dallas, Collinsworth has played just over 10 minutes a game and averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and just under an assist. During his 20 games with the Legends, he averaged 11 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Prior to his professional career, Collinsworth played all four years at BYU where he averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists.
Expect Collinsworth to play more minutes following the All-Star break. With the Mavericks well out of the playoff hunt (though not officially eliminated yet), Dallas will want to see as much as possible from their younger players.