Mavericks sign Frank Ntilikina

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Frank Ntilikina.

Ntilikina (6-5, 200) was originally the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. After four seasons with the Knicks, he holds career averages of 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 19.5 minutes in 211 games (55 starts).

Per the Dallas Morning News, “on the first day of free agency, the Mavs struck quick, re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic while also agreeing to deals with Sterling Brown and Reggie Bullock, another former Knicks guard.”

Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Ntilikina moved to France at the age of 3 years old. Prior to being drafted by New York, he began his professional career in 2015 with SIG Strasbourg of the French Pro A League. Ntilikina was named the league’s Best Young Player in both seasons he competed for Strasbourg.

Ntilikina (nee-lee-KEE-nah) recently competed with the French national team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he brought home a silver medal.

The addition now brings the Mavericks training camp roster to 20 players.

Mavericks sign rookie JaQuori McLaughlin, waive EJ Onu

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie free agent guard JaQuori McLaughlin to a two-way contract.

And in an additional move, Dallas has requested waivers on center EJ Onu.
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McLaughlin (6-4, 190) signs with Dallas after going undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft. He finished his collegiate career at UC Santa Barbara, where he helped the Gauchos win the Big West regular season and tournament titles in his senior year. He averaged 16.0 points (.488 FG%, .408 3FG%), 3.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game en route to being named the Big West Player of the Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in his final collegiate season.

In his five-year collegiate career, which included time at Oregon State, McLaughlin averaged 11.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 32.8 minutes in 126 games (123 starts). McLaughlin is just the third player in UC Santa Barbara history to score 1,000 or more points and dish out 300 or more assists.

The Port Angeles, Washington, native averaged 19.3 points, 9.1 assists and 5.5 steals per game as a senior at Peninsula High School and was named Washington Mr. Basketball, an award that has also recently been awarded to Bulls guard Zach LaVine and Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.

McLaughlin will wear #30 for the Mavericks.

The Mavericks roster now stands at 19 players.

Dallas Mavericks coaching staff for head coach Jason Kidd is set

Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd has finalized his coaching staff.

Igor Kokoskov (EEE-gore KO-kosh-kov) joins the Mavericks after having spent the last year as head coach of the Turkish League’s Fenerbache. Kokoskov led Fenerbache to a 20-16 EuroLeague record. The team fell to CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague playoffs. In Turkish League play, the team tallied a 22-8 record before losing to EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes in the league finals.

Kokoskov, who owns the distinction of being the first non-American to be a full-time NBA assistant coach, has more than two decades of NBA coaching experience. He joined the L.A. Clippers as an assistant in 2000 before spending five years (2003-08) in Detroit, where he won the 2004 NBA championship. He also served assistant coaching stints with Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah before being named head coach of the Suns, a post he held for the 2018-19 season. Prior to returning to Europe, Kokoskov spent the 2019-20 season in Sacramento. The University of Missouri hired Kokoskov to their full-time coaching staff in 1999 as he became the first European to hold that position in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.

The Serbia native is the head coach of the Serbian National Team. He also coached the national teams of Georgia and Slovenia, coaching Mavericks All-Star Luka Dončić and leading the team to the 2017 EuroBasket title.

Sean Sweeney previously worked with Kidd in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons and the prior four as an assistant with Milwaukee. Sweeney’s NBA career began with the Nets, where he started as video coordinator before being named assistant coach in advance of the 2013-14 season.

Earlier in his career, Sweeney was the video coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa and the director of basketball operations at the University of Evansville. He also held assistant coaching positions at the Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge, MN) and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The Saint Paul, Minnesota, native played one season at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before transferring to the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul) where he was a three-year starter and earned all-conference honors as a senior in 2005-06.

Jared Dudley transitions to an assistant coaching role following a 14-season NBA career. Dudley spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the L.A. Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.

Over his career, Dudley played for Charlotte (2007-08), Phoenix (2008-13, 2016-18), the L.A. Clippers (2013-14), Milwaukee (2014-15), Washington (2015-16), Brooklyn (2018-19) and the Lakers (2019-21). Dudley, who grew up in San Diego, owns career averages of 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 22.3 minutes in 904 games (286 starts). He was selected 22nd overall by the Bobcats in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Dudley was a four-year starter at Boston College and averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.4 minutes over 130 games for the Eagles. As a senior, he was the ACC Player of the Year, Second Team All-America and All-ACC First Team. Dudley garnered Big East Most Improved Player and All-Big East First Team honors following his sophomore season after being selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team a season earlier.

Greg St. Jean (j-EE-n) comes to Dallas after spending two seasons as a player development coach and advance scout with the L.A. Lakers, helping the organization to the 2020 NBA championship alongside Kidd.

St. Jean was an assistant coach for St. John’s University for four seasons. Prior to his time with the Red Storm, St. Jean spent two years with the Kings as an assistant player development coach and two summers with the Nets. St. Jean recently coached the Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas.

The Bay Area native was a three-year team captain at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). His father Garry St. Jean was head coach of the Kings (1992-97) and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors (1998-2004).

Kristi Toliver began her NBA coaching career with the Washington Wizards, where she spent two seasons (2018-20) while concurrently playing for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Toliver, a 12-year WNBA veteran, has played more than 350 games (275+ starts) with Washington, the Chicago Sky and the Los Angeles Sparks. This season, she’s averaging 9.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 18 games (all starts) with the Sparks.

Toliver, who hails from Harrisonburg, Virginia, won two WNBA championships with L.A. (2016) and Washington (2019). She’s garnered several league honors and is a three-time WNBA All-Star (2013, 2018, 2019), 2012 Second Team All-WNBA and the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player.

Toliver also played professionally in Europe during the WNBA offseason, including stints with Raanana Hertzeliya (Israel), MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary), Samsun Canik Belediyesi (Turkey) and Dynamo Moscow and UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia). She’s been part of six Russian League championships with Dynamo (2013, 2014) and UMMC (2015-18). Toliver was a standout for the University of Maryland, winning the NCAA championship in 2006. Among her many accolades, Toliver finished her career as the 2009 ACC Player of the Year.

Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod and Peter Patton complete Kidd’s coaching staff. Armstrong will begin his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod and Patton begin their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the organization.

Mavericks waive guard Nate Hinton

The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Nate Hinton.

Hinton (6-5, 210) went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft after two seasons at the University of Houston and signed with Dallas as a two-way player on Dec. 1, 2020. He played in 21 games for the Mavericks last season.

Most recently, Hinton played for the Mavericks at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in five games (all starts).

Mavericks sign Feron Hunt, Carlik Jones and EJ Onu

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie free agents Feron Hunt, Carlik Jones and EJ Onu.

The contracts are likely all non-guaranteed deals that merely bring the players to Mavs training camp.

Hunt (F, 6-8, 195) spent four seasons at SMU. In 78 games (41 starts), Hunt averaged 9.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.86 blocks and 26.3 minutes while shooting 55.7% (300-539 FG) from the field. Among SMU leaders, he finished his career ranked fourth in field goal percentage, 32nd in rebounds (533) and T-17th in blocks (67).

Hunt attended DeSoto High School in suburban DFW and averaged 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior.

Jones (G, 6-1, 185) finished his collegiate career at Louisville, where he was an All-ACC First Team selection and the 2020-21 AP ACC Rookie of the Year. Jones became the first person in Louisville history to reach double figures in his first 17 games as a Cardinal.

Prior to joining Louisville, the Cincinnati native played three seasons at Radford and was named the 2019-20 Big South Player of the Year after being the only NCAA Division I player to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists that year.

Onu (C, 6-11, 240) played 125 career games (64 starts) over four years at Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio. Onu averaged 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 blocks last season en route to helping Shawnee State to the NAIA championship.

The Richmond Heights, Ohio, native finished his 2020-21 campaign as a First Team NAIA All-American, the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year and a First Team All-Mid-South Conference selection. He also garnered his third consecutive Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Onu finished his career as Shawnee State’s all-time leader in blocks (529).

The Mavericks training camp roster stands at 20 players.

Mavericks sign rookie forward Eugene Omoruyi to two-way contract

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie free agent forward Eugene Omoruyi to a two-way contract.

Omoruyi (6-6, 235) signs with Dallas after going undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft. He finished his collegiate career at Oregon, where he earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors, after playing three seasons at Rutgers. In his four-year collegiate career, Omoruyi averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 22.8 minutes in 121 games (72 starts).

As a senior, Omoruyi averaged a team-high 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 30.6 minutes while shooting 47.3% (174-368 FG) from the field, 37.6% (41-109 3FG) from behind-the-arc and 76.5% (91-119 FT) from the foul line. He was the only Duck to start all 28 games and helped lead Oregon to the Sweet 16.

Born in Benin City, Nigeria, Omoruyi and his family moved to Canada when he was a toddler. He attended Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario, where he played high school basketball with future NBA lottery picks Jamal Murray and Thon Maker.

Omoruyi (oh-moh-ROO-yee) will wear No. 2 for the Mavericks.

The Mavericks roster now stands at 17 players.

Mavericks sign Sterling Brown

The Dallas Mavericks announced yesterday that they have signed free agent guard Sterling Brown.

Brown (6-5, 219) was selected by Philadelphia with the 46th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to Milwaukee, where he spent the first three seasons of his career.

Brown spent last season with the Houston Rockets, where he averaged career highs in points (8.2), rebounds (4.4) and assists (1.4) in 51 games (14 starts). Over four NBA seasons, Brown has averaged 5.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 215 appearances (26 starts).

A native of Maywood, Illinois, Brown played four seasons at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He finished his collegiate career in 2017 as the school’s all-time leader in wins (109).

Brown will wear #0.

Dallas Mavericks sign Reggie Bullock

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard/forward Reggie Bullock.

Bullock (6-6, 206) holds career averages of 7.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 21.5 minutes in 366 games (202 starts) with the L.A. Clippers, Phoenix, Detroit, the L.A. Lakers and New York. The eight-season veteran shoots 43.3% (1,014-2,342 FG) from the field, 39.2% (560-1,428 3FG) from 3-point range and 84.4% (211-250 FT) from the line.

Bullock most recently spent two years as a member of the New York Knicks. Last season, he averaged 10.9 points, a career-high 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 30.0 minutes in 65 games (64 starts). The Knicks returned to the NBA playoffs in 2021 following a seven-season layoff. Bullock averaged playoff career highs of 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 32.4 minutes in five first round starts against the Atlanta Hawks.

Early in his career, Bullock had two brief stints in the NBA G League, averaging 24.8 points in five games with Bakersfield (four games in 2014-15) and Grand Rapids (one game in 2015-16).

Bullock, who hails from Kinston, North Carolina, played three years for the University of North Carolina before becoming an early-entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft when he was drafted 25th overall by the Clippers.

In three years with UNC, Bullock averaged 9.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 24.6 minutes in 100 games (53 starts). He finished his collegiate career ranked eighth in school history with 188 3-pointers made.

Following his junior season, Bullock was named All-ACC Second Team, averaging collegiate career highs of 13.9 points (third on team), 6.5 rebounds (second) and 2.9 assists in 35 games (all starts). He also earned First Team ACC All-Tournament honors, helping the Tar Heels to the championship game, where they fell to Miami.

Bullock will wear #25.

Mavericks exercise contract option on Willie Cauley-Stein

The Dallas Mavericks have picked up the second-season contract option for center Willie Cauley-Stein that is reportedly worth $4.1 million.

Per the Dallas Morning News, “Cauley-Stein seemingly became more expendable Saturday when Dallas acquired promising 21-year-old center Moses Brown from Boston to complete the trade of Josh Richardson from the Mavericks to the Celtics. A Mavericks source, however, said on Saturday the team planned to keep Cauley-Stein “unless something crazy falls in our lap.”

Cauley-Stein (7-0, 240) holds career averages of 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 22.6 minutes in 402 career games (253 starts) with Sacramento, Golden State and Dallas. Last season, he averaged 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 17.1 minutes in 53 games (16 starts). The career 54.5% shooter has shot at least 50% from the floor in each of his seven NBA seasons, including a career-high 63.2% (115-182 FG) last year.

The Spearville, Kansas, native was acquired by Dallas from Golden State on Jan. 25, 2020, in exchange for a 2020 second round pick.

Cauley-Stein was the sixth overall pick by Sacramento in the 2015 NBA Draft after a three-year career at University of Kentucky. He earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors following his rookie campaign in 2015-16.

As a junior at Kentucky (2014-15), Cauley-Stein was named First Team All-SEC, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American. Cauley-Stein was also a two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection (2013-14, 2014-15) and garnered SEC All-Freshman Team honors for the Wildcats in 2012-13.

Mavericks trade Josh Richardson to Celtics for Moses Brown

The Boston Celtics have acquired guard Josh Richardson from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for center Moses Brown.

A six-year NBA veteran, Richardson, 27, has posted career averages of 12.3 points (42.7% FG, 35.8% 3-PT, 83.2% FT), 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocked shots, and 30.6 minutes in 373 career games (299 starts) with Miami, Philadelphia, and Dallas. He has averaged at least 10.0 points in each of his last five seasons from 2015-16 to 2020-21, including a career-high 16.6 points per game with Miami in 2018-19.

Richardson produced 12.1 points (42.7% FG, 33.0% 3-PT, 91.7% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, and 30.3 minutes in 59 games (56 starts) with the Mavericks last season, marking the fourth time over the last five seasons he has recorded at least 10.0 points and 1.0 steals. The Oklahoma native was one of four NBA players to average 10.0 points and 1.0 steals while shooting at least 91.0% from the free throw line in 2020-21 (Paul/Curry/Irving).

Brown (7-2, 245) holds career averages of 7.3 points (.540 FG%), 7.6 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 18.3 minutes in 52 games (32 starts) with Portland and Oklahoma City.

The 21-year-old averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks and 21.4 minutes in 43 games (32 starts) with the Thunder last season. He recorded 21 points (8-10 FG) and a career-high 23 rebounds, including 17 points and 19 boards in the first half alone, against Boston on March 27. Brown became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1998 to produce 17 points and 19 boards in a single half. His 19 first-half boards also set a Thunder franchise record for most in a half and were the most by any NBA player in a half in 2020-21.

After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Brown spent the 2019 preseason with Portland and signed a two-way contract with the club on Oct. 17, 2019. He appeared in nine games for the Trail Blazers as a rookie while also seeing action in 30 G League games for the Mavericks’ affiliate, the Texas Legends, that year.

Brown signed a two-way deal with the Thunder on Dec. 8, 2020, and went on to earn All-NBA G League First Team and NBA G League All-Defensive Team honors for the Oklahoma City Blue in the bubble. After his 21-point, 23-rebound effort against the Celtics on March 27, he signed a multi-year deal with the Thunder the following day.

On June 18, Brown was traded along with Al Horford to Boston in the deal that sent Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City.

A native of New York City, Brown played one collegiate season at UCLA and earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors for the Bruins in 2018-19.