Casa Grande alum Akognon signs with Mavericks

Josh Akognon's agent had been telling him ever since the guard's season ended in the Chinese Basketball Association: Stay in shape and don't stray far from the phone.

But Akognon, who has jumped through these hoops a few times before, didn't get too excited. "My wife is having our second baby in a week or two," Akognon said Tuesday. "I told my agent the only way I'd do anything to leave her is if I got an NBA contract – not D-League or overseas, but an NBA official contract. I didn't expect to hear back."

He heard back. Akognon was grocery shopping with his wife when he got the news from his agent. As first reported by ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks have offered Akognon a 10-day contract. The Casa Grande graduate is expected to meet the team after their game in Denver on Thursday, and will return to Northern California for the Mavericks' game at Sacramento on Friday.

Akognon will be the first Sonoma County native to suit up for an NBA team.

"I've achieved my dream, coming from Petaluma to a league where the best guys on earth play," Akognon said. "It's still surreal now. Maybe when the season over it will all make sense. But right now I'm on Cloud 9."

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