The Dallas Mavericks had been searching all offseason for the addition of another ball-handler and playmaker to take some pressure off of last season’s Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic. Now, it appears that they might have found their guy, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Delon Wright has agreed to a three-year, $29 million deal with the Mavericks.
Guard Delon Wright is signing a three-year, $29M deal to play for Mavs, agent Greg Lawrence tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2019
While many of the more active teams in free agency had their eyes set on big-name point guards, the Mavs took an alternate route and made a sneaky good signing by adding Delon Wright. Wright has always been an extremely capable guard option off the bench, and he was superb the second half of last season after he was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Prior to the deal, Wright was a member of the Toronto Raptors for nearly four seasons. Though Wright was useful for them off the bench, he largely became expendable thanks to the emergence of Fred VanVleet who took over the backup point guard duties.
In Memphis, Wright played 26 games and started 11 of them. Even though it’s a small sample size, Wright averaged career-highs across the board with Memphis, posting 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Wright will likely be depended upon for offensive production in a thin Dallas backcourt, but it remains to be seen whether he will crack the starting lineup.