The Dallas Mavericks are desperate for help, and that was evident earlier this week when they brought in a virtual unknown. Plagued by injuries, the Mavericks signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a two-way contract, which means he is going to play for them and in the NBA G League. Before suiting up for the Mavs, Cleveland was with the G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Cleveland went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Despite this, he had a couple of opportunities to join an NBA team. The first was when he became part of the Portland Trail Blazers' Summer League squad.

Following this, Cleveland inked a training camp deal with the Golden State Warriors. The 23-year-old saw action for the Warriors during their preseason opener. Unfortunately, he got cut after that with the Dubs already having the likes of Klay Thompson and Nick Young at the shooting guard position.

Now, Cleveland is staging a comeback, but this time with the Dallas Mavericks. To make room for him on the roster, the Mavericks parted ways with Gian Clavell. It is uncertain how long Cleveland's stint in Dallas will last. He had his debut for them on November 17 in a 111-87 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cleveland tallied two points and the same number of rebounds in seven minutes of action off the bench.

A report by ESPN confirms the signing and appearance.

Mavs fall to Wolves

The addition of Antonius Cleveland had no impact, as the Dallas Mavericks continued to lose. As mentioned, on November 17, the Mavs suffered their fourth consecutive defeat as they failed to defend home court against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Leading the way for the Mavericks was former Golden State Warriors big man, Harrison Barnes.

The one-time NBA champion had 18 points and six rebounds. Franchise superstar Dirk Nowitzki and sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell helped Barnes on offense. Nowitzki contributed 15 points, while Ferrell added 10.

Homestand continues

The Dallas Mavericks will stay at home for their next two outings. On November 18, the Mavericks are going to host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Then, on November 20, the Mavs are set to close the homestand facing perhaps the best team in the league as of the moment. Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, who are on a 14-game winning streak, are set to visit the American Airlines Center on the 20th. These are two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, that is why it is uncertain if the Mavericks can win at least one game in this homestand.