The Mavericks announced Monday that they have signed undrafted rookie Josh Reaves to a two-way contract. Together with the Antonius Cleveland signing, the Mavs have now filled both of their two-way roster spots.
After playing with the Mavericks Summer League team after going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Reaves made his case for a more permanent contract with a strong showing in Las Vegas. He played in five games, starting in two, and averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 23.5 minutes.
The Mavs no doubt like when they see from Reaves on the defensive end as well. In his four year career at Penn State, he was a 2x Big Ten All-Defense player, and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in the ‘18-’19 season.
Dallas shored up their front court this offseason by bringing in Seth Curry and Delon Wright. That’s in addition to J.J. Barea, who will be returning from an Achilles injury suffered last January, and last year’s 2nd-round pick turned solid rotation piece, Jalen Brunson.
It stands to reason that any playing time Reaves sees with the Mavericks this season will depend largely on how well those defensive talents translate to the NBA — a blueprint not unlike the one followed by fellow undrafted player, Dorian Finney-Smith.
With Cleveland and Reaves replacing the outgoing Daryl Macon and Kostas Antetekounmpo as their two-way players, Dallas now has only one roster spot remaining.