DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have been awarded two-way forward Jalen Jones on a waiver claim. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on two-way guard Kyle Collinsworth.
Jones (6-7, 220) appeared in four games for the New Orleans Pelicans as a rookie this season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game. He was signed to a two-way contract by New Orleans on Aug. 18 and waived by the club on Jan. 8.
After going undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M, Jones spent the 2016-17 season with the G League’s Maine Red Claws. In 46 games (all starts) for the Red Claws, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 36.0 minutes per game en route to earning NBA G League Third Team honors and being named to the 2017 G League All-Star Team.
A native of Dallas, Jones began his college career at SMU before transferring to Texas A&M after his sophomore season. Jones was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the coaches as a junior and the All-SEC First Team by the coaches during his senior campaign. As a senior for the Aggies in 2015-16, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 27.3 minutes per game in 33 games (28 starts).
Jones will wear No. 21 for the Mavericks.
The 2017-18 season marks the first year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.
Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.