The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have waived forward Jameel Warney, who we pegged as one of three guys vying for the 15th-man job. Warney (6-8, 260) was signed as a free agent on July 27 and given a partial guarantee, and then played in three preseason games for the Mavericks averaging four points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per contest.
The burly rookie played in six games for the Mavericks at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and a block in 16.5 minutes per contest. He led Dallas in field goal percentage, shooting .593 from the floor while making .875 from the foul line. ... all of this coming after he went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft despite four successful seasons at Stony Brook, where he averaged 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, two blocks and 30.7 minutes.
Warney tells me he's "not afraid of the moment'' and maybe the next moment comes in Frisco, where the Texas Legends would love to have him in the D-League.
It can be argued he didn't get much of a game chance with the varsity, but know that Jonathan Gibson was always penciled in to be the 14th guy, with Nicolas Brussino and Dorian Finney-Smith in competition with Warney. Dallas still needs to make a decision there, and likely part ways, too, with Kyle Collinsworth (who has overseas offers), C.J. Williams (a D-League vet fave of Frisco coach Bob McKinnon) and Keith Hornsby (Frisco-bound).