Former Penn State basketball standout Josh Reaves has signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Reaves shined for the Mavericks' Las Vegas Summer League team, averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1 block over a five-game run. His athleticism and tenacity on the defensive end helped him stand out and led to more than a few jaw-dropping moments.
Josh Reaves keeps making plays. pic.twitter.com/hYDs6srGyi— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) July 10, 2019
JOSH REAVES!!!!! WHAT THE HECK? pic.twitter.com/8WbOx5jR9K— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) July 10, 2019
Josh Reaves is good at this basketball thing pic.twitter.com/JbJyqYJvMA— Legion of Blue (@LegionofBluePSU) July 6, 2019
Reaves was an impact player for four seasons with Pat Chambers' squad. He was a key player in the team's NIT title run in 2018. The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Reaves averaged 10.6 points and 5 rebounds per game last season, while also leading the Nittany Lions with 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per contest.
Two-way contracts are still fairly new in the NBA. Players signed to two-way deals will spend most of the season in the G-League and cannot spend more than 45 days with their respective NBA team. Still, don't be surprised if Reaves plays his way to something bigger with more play like we saw in the summer league.