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Mavericks acquire center Chinanu Onuaku from Rockets, will waive him

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Onuaku, we hardly knew ye.

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The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Chinanu Onuaku and cash in a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Houston receives the rights to Maarty Leunen, which the Mavs acquired when they traded Johnathan Motley to the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this summer. Dallas also gets the right to swap Golden State’s 2020 second round pick—acquired on July 7, 2016—with Houston.

The deal frees up room for the Rockets to sign Carmelo Anthony. Onuaku appeared in just one game for Houston last season.

BUT WAIT! Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania is reporting that the Mavericks will waive Onuaku to complete the signing of Devin Harris. It’s all one big chess game and this author is having a hard time keeping up.

Anyway, if you care anymore, here’s the rest of the original post:

In his two seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-10 Onuaku has appeared in just six games, spending the majority of his time with Houston’s G League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. There, he’s played a total of 83 games, averaging 12.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 blocks. He connected on 61.6 percent of his shots with the Vipers. And, fun fact, Onuaku has made three of his 12 3-point attempts in two seasons.

Onuaku has also played for the Rockets in Summer League the last three years. In July, he averaged 5.8 points on 50 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, and one assists in four games in Las Vegas. He also shot 83.3 percent from the free throw line.

And that’s why you’re all here, isn’t it? You want to see a video of Onuaku shooting free throws. Welp, your wait is over, friend. UNDERHANDED FREE THROWS!

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect all of the details of the trade which the Mavericks made official Thursday afternoon. It has also been edited to note Shams Charania’s report that Onuaku will be waived. This story has been edited far too many times for something so damn trivial.