Sean Williams to play for Legends in Mavs tuneup

Mavericks fans will get their first glimpse of newly-signed center Sean Williams on Wednesday night … if they’re willing to drive to Frisco.

On Wednesday, Williams formally signed the contract with the Mavericks reported Monday by ESPNDallas.com. But the Mavs have Wednesday off after Tuesday’s preseason loss in Oklahoma City, which prompted president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson -- who also happens to be the Texas Legends’ co-owner -- to ask Williams to play for the Legends against the L.A. D-Fenders.

Williams arrived in Dallas on Monday after leaving Israeli club Maccabi Haifa. The Del Harris-coached Legends play host to the D-Fenders and coach Eric Musselman on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.

The shot-blocking specialist from Mansfield High is scheduled to be at Mavericks practice Thursday and was signed to a two-year deal to compete, with only a partial guarantee in Year 2, with Ian Mahinmi for minutes behind Brendan Haywood in Dallas’ unsettled center rotation in the wake of Tyson Chandler’s departure.

Willliams earned D-League All-Star honors last season with the Legends and finished second in the league’s Defensive Player of the Year voting by averaging 14.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 49 games (46 starts).

The 6-foot-10, 235-pounder was drafted No. 17 overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by New Jersey out of Boston College.