Donnie Nelson Rumors
The Dallas Mavericks’ new 2-Way deal with wing Antonius Cleveland, an undrafted rookie out of Southeast Missouri State, is, GM Donnie Nelson tells DallasBasketball.com, the result of a trickle-down effect. “We certainly like Antonius,’’ Nelson tells us. “But this is also about ‘Dodo.’’ “Dodo’’ is Dorian Finney-Smith, the Mavs’ defensive-minded wing, himself an undrafted free agent from a year ago who is carving out for himself an NBA career … but who is presently being shut down by the Mavs due to a knee injury.
The Mavs see it exactly that way. Nelson tells us that he projects Cleveland getting minutes at the wing with the varsity, filing a defense-first role for a team that is 2-13 … but still attempting to build something. “We have the hole to fill now,’’ Donnie says, “but there is potential there [with Antonius Cleveland], too.’’