Johnathan Motley signed a two-way NBA contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, first reported by The Vertical.
The undrafted Baylor forward tweeted this Saturday afternoon: “Ima Dallas Maverick.”
While Scott Drew “couldn’t be more pleased, proud and excited” for Motley, the Baylor men’s basketball coach is even more ecstatic that his All-American forward will be less than 100 miles away up I-35.
“On a personal note, I couldn’t be more pleased having him close to home,” Drew said. “That allows Baylor nation better opportunity to watch him play live and in person.”
Motley finished his junior season averaging 17.3 points per game as he led the Big 12 with 9.9 rebounds per contest.
Motley improved every season at Baylor. After averaging 7.7 points and 4.2 rebounds as a redshirt freshman, his numbers jumped to 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
“Sometimes teams draft on potential and the knowledge of what they could have three, four, five years down the road,” Drew said. “Other times teams draft off of production. Johnathan is a man who has produced. He’s someone who put up double-doubles in the second-best conference in the country. It was the first in the country the last three years before that.
“He’s proven. He’s someone who can help right away. He’ll continue to improve and get better. The Mavs are getting a 240-pound man and not a 205-pound teenager they need to develop.”
This is the first year for the two-way contracts.
These contracts are similar to those used in Minor League Baseball where a player will be able to make an NBA salary on a pro-rata basis with the parent club, while also being able to earn his G League (formerly called the D League) salary when with the affiliate team.
NBA rosters grow from 15 spots to 17 spots with a pair of two-way players that can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster.
“This gives him a great opportunity to get playing time and experience in the G League,” Drew said. “But at the same time, it makes it real easy to help the Mavs whenever needed.”