The Mavericks have requested waivers on guard JaQuori McLaughlin, the team announced today in a press release. McLaughlin will become a free agent on Wednesday, assuming he goes unclaimed.
A 6’4″ point guard, McLaughlin began his college career at Oregon State before transferring to UC Santa Barbara for the last three seasons. He was named Big West Player of the Year as a senior in 2020/21 after averaging 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 48.8% from the field and 40.8% from three-point range.
McLaughlin wasn’t drafted in July, but he caught on with the Mavs, signing a two-way contract with the team in September. His role in Dallas was essentially nonexistent, as he logged just 11 total minutes across four games and has yet to score his first NBA points. However, he averaged 13.3 PPG, 4.8 APG, and 4.7 RPG in 12 games (31.6 MPG) for the Texas Legends, the Mavs’ G League affiliate.
Dallas has been active in turning over its two-way contracts slots as of late. The team waived two-way player Eugene Omoruyi on December 26 and signed Theo Pinson today to fill that opening. Now, the Mavs once again have an open two-way spot.
It’s worth noting that Marquese Chriss, who has played well on a series of 10-day contracts with the club, isn’t eligible for a two-way contract, since he’s in his fifth NBA season. To sign a two-way deal, a player must be in his first, second, third, or fourth season.