Mavericks on track to sign Tyler Dorsey?



Former NBA fullback Tyler Dorsey is expected to return to the United States after spending the past three years in Europe.

Stavros Barbarousis from Eurohoops.net first wrote that the Mavericks would make a contract offer to Dorsey following a recent training session, while Sportando’s Alessandro Luigi Maggi (Twitter link) indicates that both parties have agreed to the terms.

The 41st overall pick in the 2017 draft, Dorsey played in 104 games over two seasons with the Hawks and Grizzlies, averaging 6.7 PPG and 2.3 RPG on 0.389/0.350/0.669 in 16.1 MPG.

The former Oregon player headed overseas in 2019, joining Maccabi Tel Aviv for two seasons and then Olympiacos for one. Dorsey has had a hugely successful run in Europe, winning Israeli League titles in 2020 and 2021 and a Greek League championship in 2022. In 2021/22 he averaged 13.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG and 2.1 APG with a .459/.395/. 813 shooting lines in 31 EuroLeague appearances (24.0 MPG) for Olympiacos.

According to Barbarousis, Dorsey received an extension offer from Olympiacos as well as a contract offer from Turkish side Fenerbahce but turned them down. While Barbarousis can’t yet confirm Maggi’s report that Dorsey and the Mavericks have reached an agreement, he does note that the 26-year-old’s goal was to return to the NBA.

Dallas currently carries 13 players with guaranteed contracts, with JaVale McGee called to become the 14th. If and when Dorsey finalizes a deal with the Mavs, he would likely be the favorite to take the last spot on the team’s 15-man regular-season roster.

Because the Mavs use their mid-level exception to sign McGee and jade hardythey could only offer Dorsey a minimum wage.