The Dallas Mavericks’ will have a full 15-man roster heading into training camp in October. Isaiah Roby, the team’s second-round draft pick this summer, inked a four-year, $6.7 million deal with the Mavericks on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Roby’s deal, Marks notes, is fully guaranteed in its second year. It also has an early-July “trigger date” in its third year. The final year is a team option. In his rookie season, Roby will earn $1.5 million, the highest salary ever for a second round draft pick out of college.
Dallas selected Roby, via trade with the Detroit Pistons, with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Mavericks initially held the No. 37 overall pick before trading back to land the 6-foot-8 forward who played three seasons at the University of Nebraska.
“To get the same player you were targeting a little bit later in the second plus pick up a couple of important assets was good,” President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Donnie Nelson said on draft night. “It was a good night.”
The Mavericks also acquired two future second-round picks from the Pistons.
As a junior Roby averaged 11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.9 blocks for the Huskers in 35 games. He shot 45.4 percent overall and 33.3 percent from behind the three-point arc.
More recently, Roby was a member of Dallas’ Summer League team, competing in Las Vegas. During the team’s five-game run in the desert, he averaged 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, one steal, and 1.2 blocks per game as a starter. From the floor, he connected on 42.9 percent of his field goals. However, he couldn’t find any rhythm from outside. He shot just 23.1 percent on his three-point attempts.
In Vegas, Roby saw a lot of time at the power forward and center positions. He favors himself a point-forward but was tasked with guarding bigger bodies when the team played small. Though often outmatched against bigger bodies, Roby showed a toughness and versatility that endeared him to his coach.
“He’s a hard-playing guy,” Summer League Head Coach Mike Weinar said in Las Vegas. “He can be versatile. He can play multiple positions. That’s kind of who he is, who he is right now, and hopefully he continues to grow.”