Sources: Mavs to sign Akognon for 10 days
April, 3, 2013
By Marc Stein / ESPN.com
The Dallas Mavericks, as promised, are bringing in another guard in for a 10-day look as they continue to evaluate backcourt prospects for the future while trying to cling to life in the race for the West's final playoff berth.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavs on Thursday will sign Josh Akognon to a 10-day deal. The high-scoring sharpshooter from Cal State Fullerton went to training camp with the Mavs but ended up returning to China to play for Liaoning when he was Dallas' final cut before opening-night rosters were finalized.
Akognon is meeting the team in Colorado, sources said, in advance of the Mavs' game Thursday against the Denver Nuggets. The 5-foot-11 combo guard averaged nearly 30 points per game in China this season and will take the roster spot of Justin Dentmon, who was informed after Tuesday night's loss to the Lakers he wouldn't be receiving a second 10-day deal.
The Mavs, though, had always planned to audition one more guard after previously giving 10-day trials to Dentmon and fellow D-League star Chris Wright.
Dentmon, MVP of the D-League in 2011-12, was called up from the Texas Legends in nearby Frisco and appeared in two Mavs games for a total of four minutes. Dentmon earned call-ups with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors last season.
Wright joined the Mavericks last month from the Iowa Energy and became the first player in league history to appear in the NBA while diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Mavs will have three games left in the regular season after Akognon's 10-day contract expires, but it is not yet known if they plan to sign a fourth guard to a 10-day deal before the end of the season.