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Mavericks Sign Second Round Draft Pick Jae Crowder

The Dallas Mavericks have signed two of their draft picks over the past two days, and the latest is second round pick Jae Crowder. Crowder was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was then traded to the Mavericks.

The trade seems to have paid off early as Crowder has performed well so far with the Mavericks summer league team. In the four summer league games Crawford is averaging 15.5 points per game and is a defensive presence with 2.25 steals per game.

Here is the official press release by the Mavericks:

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed second round draft choice Jae Crowder. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Crowder (6-6, 235) was the 34th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was acquired by the Mavericks on June 28, 2012, along with the draft rights to 24th overall pick Jared Cunningham and 33rd overall pick Bernard James, in exchange for guard Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to the 17th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Tyler Zeller.

The Villa Rica, Ga., native is currently playing for Dallas at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He is averaging 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 32.3 minutes while starting his first three games.

Crowder is a four-year player who finished his career at Marquette after transferring from Howard College where he was NJCAA Player of the Year. In his senior year at Marquette, he was named Big East Player of the Year when he averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks, their draft picks and the NBA summer league, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream as well as Mavs Moneyball. For more Summer League news and notes head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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