10:52am: The Mavericks and Dorsey are in talks on a two-way contract, reports Marc Stein (Twitter link). If the two sides finalize an agreement, Dallas would still have an open spot on its projected 15-man roster.
7:48am: Former NBA shooting guard Tyler Dorsey is reportedly expected to return stateside after spending the last three years in Europe.
Stavros Barbarousis of Eurohoops.net first wrote that the Mavericks would make a contract offer to Dorsey following a recent workout, while Alessandro Luigi Maggi of Sportando (Twitter link) says the two sides have agreed to terms.
The 41st overall pick in the 2017 draft, Dorsey appeared in 104 games across two seasons with the Hawks and Grizzlies, averaging 6.7 PPG and 2.3 RPG on .389/.350/.669 shooting in 16.1 MPG.
The former Oregon standout headed overseas in 2019, joining Maccabi Tel Aviv for two seasons and then Olympiacos for one. Dorsey had a hugely successful run in Europe, winning Israeli League titles in 2020 and 2021 and a Greek League championship in 2022. In 2021/22, he averaged 13.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 2.1 APG with a .459/.395/.813 shooting line in 31 EuroLeague appearances (24.0 MPG) for Olympiacos.
According to Barbarousis, Dorsey received an extension offer from Olympiacos as well as a contract offer from Turkish team Fenerbahce, but has turned them down. Although Barbarousis can’t yet confirm Maggi’s report that Dorsey and the Mavericks have a deal in place, he notes that the 26-year-old’s goal has been to return to the NBA.
Dallas is currently carrying 13 players on guaranteed contracts, with JaVale McGee set to become the 14th. If and when Dorsey finalizes a deal with the Mavs, he’d presumably be the frontrunner to fill the final spot on the team’s 15-man regular season roster.
Because the Mavs don’t have the bi-annual exception available and are using their full taxpayer mid-level exception to sign McGee and Jaden Hardy, they’d only be able to offer Dorsey a minimum-salary deal.