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Mavericks sign Australian wing Ryan Broekhoff

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The 27-year-old gets a 2-year deal from the Mavs to help potentially shore up their wing depth.

Olympics: Basketball-Men’s Team-Bronze medal match -AUS vs ESP David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you think the Mavericks off-season is slowing down, they drop this bombshell:

SHOCKING. You might not know who Ryan Broekhoff is, but he is now a Dallas Maverick so I am required to tell you about him.

Here’s what a cursory Google search discovered:

  • He’s a 27-year-old Australian wing at 6’7
  • He played on Australia’s impressive Olympic team from 2016. He played in every game and averaged 7.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and an even 2 assists in about 18 minutes per game off the bench. He shot 10-of-29 from three.
  • Broekhoff was a 4-year college player out of Valparaiso, graduating in 2013. In his senior season he averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, shooting 41.7 percent from three.
  • Broekhoff didn’t get drafted in 2013 and instead has been overseas for his entire professional career. He had a cup of coffee in the NBA, sorta, playing on the Denver Nuggets Summer League team in 2015. He averaged just 4.4 points in 15 minutes per game in the Summer League, shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
  • While his professional stats overseas are a little hard to track down, Broekhoff did put up some numbers in his stops. In his first season with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia, he averaged a little over 8 points in 25 minutes per game, shooting 47.2 percent from three (58-of-123).
  • Still playing for Kuban in the EuroCup this season, Broekhoff averaged 12.3 points per game and shot 42-of-83 (50.6 percent!) from three. Not bad!

That’s all I have. Since this is the internet, Broekhoff of course has a highlight video from his last professional season, so have at it:

The Mavericks desperately need wing help, forgoing to take one in the second round for point guard Jalen Brunson. Think of Broekhoff in the same vain as Maxi Kleber — someone the Mavericks won’t plan on counting on but they obviously believe in enough to give some guaranteed money so there’s a chance he does something.

Editor’s note: A previous version of the story included a video from Mavericks practice on Thursday with who we said was Broekhoff. It was actually Mitch Creek, who the Mavericks brought on for this season’s Summer League and Brice misidentified in error and we failed to realize while checking. Apologies for the error, we’ve taken the video down from this post.