REPORT: Dallas Mavericks signing McKinley Wright IV to training camp deal

REPORT: McKinely Wright IV will join the Dallas Mavericks on a training camp deal

Following a rookie season spent mostly in the G League, McKinley Wright IV is reportedly not returning for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Instead, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Colorado men’s basketball great is going to Dallas on a training camp deal.

Wright appeared in just five NBA games last season but in the G League, he averaged 19.1 points and 7.7 assists in 18 games for the Iowa Wolves.

The Mavericks are coming off a run to the Western Conference Finals, led in part by fellow former Buff Spencer Dinwiddie. If Wright can impress in training camp and make the roster, Dallas’ backcourt could be fun to watch for Buffs fans.

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LOOK: Spencer Dinwiddie working out with Kevin Durant, Evan Mobley, Mike James

LOOK: Spencer Dinwiddie was working out with a few of the game’s best

As the saying goes, iron sharpens iron.

The official NBA Twitter account posted a video of Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball great Spencer Dinwiddie getting some offseason work in with a few of the game’s best at Coach Olin Simplis’ “The Guard Whisperer’s” Friday Run.

Dinwiddie, who just wrapped his first half-season with the Dallas Mavericks, was joined by Cleveland Cavaliers’ youngster/ex-USC Trojan Evan Mobley and former Brooklyn Nets teammates Kevin Durant and Mike James. The workout appeared to have gone well, and some speculate that Dinwiddie could lure KD to Dallas.

Check out a few highlights from their session below:

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PHOTOS: Former Buffs in the NBA summer league

Photos: Former Buffs in the 2022 summer league

The 2022 Las Vegas Summer League wrapped on Sunday with a pair of former Colorado Buffaloes — Jabari Walker and George King — winning it all with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Also playing in the league were McKinley Wright IV (Phoenix Suns), D’Shawn Schwartz (New York Knicks), Tyler Bey (Philadelphia 76ers) and Jeriah Horne (Sacramento Kings). It is, however, yet to be seen how many of those forever Buffs will get NBA playing time.

But especially with Spencer Dinwiddie and Derrick White, who both impressed in the NBA playoffs, Colorado has quite the group of young talent playing in the pros.

Check out the best pictures from the Buffs’ presence in the summer league:

CU Buffs in the NBA: Summer league roundup

Here’s how all six former Buffs performed in the NBA summer league

Colorado Buffaloes fans saw quite a few familiar names make their way to the Las Vegas Summer League.

All eyes were on Portland Trail Blazers rookie Jabari Walker, the most recent Buff playing in the circuit. Walker not only went home as a summer league champ, but he also signed a three-year contract in the process.

But, there were a few other notable players that also used to play college basketball at the CU Events Center. There were a total of six former Buffs who earned NBA summer league roster spots.

Let’s check in on them and recap how each of them performed:

Jabari Walker and the Blazers are Summer League champions

Jabari Walker is a Summer League champ

Jabari Walker is a Summer League champion!

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, 85-77, to win their fourth game during the Las Vegas Summer League.

The former Colorado Buffaloes star has made the transition a seamless one so far. His debut was impressive, and he also posted a double-double shortly after. He then signed a three-year contract, including a full guarantee in his rookie year and a partial one for his sophomore campaign.

Not bad for a guy who almost went undrafted, for some reason.

Now, Walker is a Summer League champ and continued his impressive performance with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double on Sunday,

He also added a couple of blocks, and Walker continues to look like an absolute steal of a draft choice.

His Summer League averages are stellar, and he did it all in a low average of 22 minutes per game.

Walker will now take some time and work on his craft more before training camp and the 2022-23 season begins. But, Las Vegas was terrific for Walker. Not only did he become a Summer League champ, he earned a contract and made some major noise in Sin City.

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Jabari Walker makes it official, signs deal with Portland Trail Blazers

Jabari Walker made it official with Portland

Well, that didn’t take very long.

Colorado Buffaloes star Jabari Walker was the second to last choice in the 2022 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. It remained to be seen whether or not he would make the roster, but his performance at the Las Vegas Summer League has everybody buzzing.

Now, Walker has officially inked his contract with the Blazers. According to Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype, Walker signed a three-year deal worth $4.76 million. The contract includes a full guarantee in his first year and a partial guarantee for next season, so Walker’s NBA time is set in stone for the time being.

From nearly going undrafted to signing a guaranteed deal, this is a terrific accomplishment for Walker, who put up a double-double earlier this week.

His numbers so far are stellar, so it makes sense why the Blazers locked him up this early.

A two-way contract seemed reasonable, but Walker’s play has secured him a guaranteed deal, and he was thrilled to sign the contract.

Although we’ll miss him, it looks like Walker made the right move going to the NBA, and now we can see him play with the Blazers for the next couple of seasons, at least.

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Is Jabari Walker the biggest steal of the draft? For The Win believes so

It’s still early, but Jabari Walker could be the biggest steal of the NBA draft

Every Colorado Buffaloes fan (and basketball pundits, in general) was stunned when Jabari Walker nearly went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft. He was one of the last selections of the evening with the Portland Trail Blazers nabbing him at No. 57 overall to end his surprising slide.

Walker had consistently been a mid-second round choice in mock drafts leading up to draft night, but nobody expected him to be the second to last player taken.

His Las Vegas Summer League debut was a strong one, and Walker then followed that up with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double on Monday night against the New York Knicks.

Well, Walker could very well be the steal of the draft thus far, and Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win said exactly that after Walker’s performance on Monday. His stats back it up so far as well.

Although these stats are a bit flawed, for context: Walker leads all drafted players in Win Shares (0.7) and PER (33.0) and he trails only first-round pick Tari Eason in FIC (40.1) thus far. It is hard to make a sweeping claim about raw plus-minus in an exhibition game, but in Las Vegas, the Blazers tend to perform better when Walker is on the floor relative to when he is not.

Sure, it’s still very early, but Walker has come out of the gates firing on all cylinders. As Kalbrosky says, the Blazers are better with Walker on the court.

Blazers head coach and fellow Buffs alum Chauncey Billups might have a hard time leaving Walker on the bench or in the G League, especially if he keeps up this performance.

So far, so good for Jabari Walker. Then again, we aren’t surprised.

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Jabari Walker impresses in Summer League debut

Jabari Walker put up double figures in his NBA debut

Former Colorado Buffaloes star Jabari Walker is rocking an NBA uniform. After being selected in the second round of the 2022 NBA draft, Walker headed to Las Vegas as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers to participate in the Summer League.

The Blazers kicked things off late Thursday night and the game ended right before 11 p.m. MT. So, if you missed it, that’s probably why.

Nonetheless, Walker impressed in his Blazers debut. He finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and a block in just under 15 minutes of play as the Blazers lost to the Detroit Pistons, 81-78. Those are terrific numbers, especially considering the little amount of time he got on the floor.

Walker did a little bit of everything, and his block is a play Buffs fans will want to watch on repeat.

Walker and the Blazers will play the second game of their Summer League on Saturday at 8 p.m. MT against the New Orleans Pelicans. If you want to watch, it will be aired on ESPN2.

So far so good for Walker’s NBA career, and let’s see how he fares the rest of the Summer League.

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Six former Buffs playing in the NBA Summer League

Who are you looking forward to watching in the Summer League?

The Colorado Buffaloes watched Jabari Walker get selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2022 NBA draft.

He is headed for the Summer League, and a handful of other former Buffs are also set for Summer League action. The hope is for them to improve their craft and hopefully make a run at a big league roster spot when the 2022-23 season begins. As we’ve seen with McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey, staying on the NBA team as a rookie isn’t always easy, so the Summer League remains a valuable opportunity.

Let’s take a look at the six former Colorado men’s basketball players that will be playing in the 2022 Summer League:

Former Buff Alec Burks traded to the Detroit Pistons

Alec Burks was traded to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, marking his seventh NBA team

Former Colorado Buffaloes great Alec Burks will be playing for a new NBA team come next season. The New York Knicks sent Burks and center Nerlens Noel to the Detroit Pistons to free up cap space for a run at Jalen Brunson.

Burks is coming off ankle surgery this offseason but could provide solid guard play to a team in desperate need of it. The shooting guard has always been able to light it up from outside, and Burks is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.7 points per game and shot an impressive .404% from 3-point range.

Since his last season with the Buffs in 2010-11, Burks has now been on seven different NBA teams.

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