Former South Carolina guard PJ Dozier has agreed to a “partially guaranteed deal” with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Dozier initially signed a free agent deal immediately following the NBA Draft with the L.A. Lakers but his new deal will bring him halfway back across the country to play for the Dallas Mavericks.
Undrafted South Carolina guard PJ Dozier has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 27, 2017
He was limited for the Lakers this summer due to an injured ankle that sidelined him.
According to Real GM on NBA contracts, partial guarantees are given by teams to give them a trial without locking them in long term.
Partial and non-guaranteed contracts are becoming a popular way for teams to take a chance on a player without locking themselves into that player. Often, undrafted players are signed in to the league on a partially guaranteed contract. This gives them, in effect, a signing bonus to attend camp and play in the pre-season with a team. The team can then try the player out and make a decision at a later date on keeping that player or not.
In addition, more and more veteran players are signing non-guaranteed contracts. Teams may not be willing to lock in to an older player but a non-guaranteed contract will allow the team to see what the player has left without…