Mavs Prospects: Latest In Chase-And-Signs
Searching for affordable help, The Dallas Mavericks are signing Brandon Ashleyand Jamil Wilson to partially-guaranteed multi-year deals.
Ashley went undrafted out of the University of Arizona, and most recently got a shot with the Atlanta Hawks summer-league team.
Ashley, who is known primarily as a stretch-four, appeared in 95 games over his career at Arizona, including 38 games last season. In his senior season, Ashley averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds on 53.7 percent shooting. Ashley has also been known hit from long distance, hitting 38.2 percent of threes in his college career. In summer-league play, the 6-9 Arizona alum averaged 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Atlanta Hawks.
As seen in the video below, Ashley has some offensive skills that might translate.
But the Mavs were not finished scrambling over the weekend. Wilson started his college career at Oregon, and then transferred to Marquette after his freshman year. As a senior at Marquette, Wilson averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. After going undrafted, Wilson signed with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBDL, where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 boards per contest. Wilson (6-7, 230) is not known as a defensive ace, but at his so-far level has the athleticism, length, and versatility to block shots, rebound, and guard multiple positions well. As seen in the video below, he also has a solid outside shot, and can put the ball on the floor when called on to do so.
Those two will be done deals as the Mavs fill their camp roster with very cap-friendly talent ... and the hopes that they will actually prove to be talented.
Even more intriguing, though: In the search for another center prospect, the Mavs are offering Salah Mejri a reported three-year deal. Mejri, who spent his last two seasons in the Spanish ‘Liga ACB’, would be yet another project for the Mavs, though there are NBA people who think that at 29, he's ready to contribute in the big leagues now. Despite the Samuel Dalembert and Zaza pickups, the Mavs have room to do more there ... and between Mejri (and another overseas name, Augusto Lima) and even JaVale McGee, continue to weigh options. (Marc Stein reports that veteran shooter Mike Miller is now also on the wish list.)
Mejri, the 7-2, 245-pound Tunisian National, was part of Real Madrid’s 2014-2015 championship team, where he averaged 16.5 points, 8.2 boards and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes. Though he averaged just 10 minutes per game last season, Mejri showed significant skill with the basketball, as well as above-average athleticism for someone his size.
Mejri is primarily known as a shot-blocker. However, as seen in the video below, he also has skill as a passer as well as the ability to put the ball on the floor, which is remarkable considering his height. ... and would be fascinating to watch in regards to how much of this translates to the NBA.
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