June 24, 2016
Several reports — including Mike Fischer of 105.3 the Fan in Dallas — are connecting undrafted BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth and the Dallas Mavericks for summer league.
Donnie Nelson, by the way, is the general manager and president of basketball operations for the Mavericks.
Collinsworth’s older brother, Chris, congratulated his brother for signing with the Mavericks on Twitter Friday afternoon but that tweet was deleted. Chris was maybe jumping the gun before the actual contract had been signed, but he did say the two brothers had been big Dirk Nowitzke fans from childhood.
Not many details are available yet, including any terms of the contract. All that’s known at this point is that somebody told somebody else it was true and that person posted a tweet about it.
Summer league is no guarantee to make the team in November, but it is a shot.
I found it interesting that the Mavericks were the second-oldest team in the NBA last season with an average age of 29.8. (The Spurs were the oldest at 31.6). Collinsworth is a mature player, having served an LDS mission to Russia for two years, so maybe Dallas values that maturity as well as his ability to rebound, pass and play defense.
The Mavericks will get younger, no doubt, after drafting Purdue big man A.J. Hammons.