Posted July 17, 2013

Report: Mavericks closing in on Samuel Dalembert, still pursuing Greg Oden

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Samuel Dalembert is expected to be the Mavericks' starting center. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Samuel Dalembert is expected to be the Mavericks’ starting center. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Mavericks’ post-Dwight Howard pursuit of a center could come to an end soon, but the team may have yet another major post move to come. Dallas is nearing a deal with center Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Dalembert, 32, remains an effective player in the paint having averaged 5.9 rebounds and nearly three blocked shots per game for the Bucks last season. He is expected to be the Mavericks’ starting center with Brandan Wright being the only backup currently on the roster.

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But Dalembert may have another free-agent backing him up. According to Stein, owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson have had Dalembert in their sights for years.

From ESPN.com:

The Mavericks have discussed the prospect of acquiring Dalembert via trade for years — including talks with Milwaukee last season that could have sent starting center Chris Kaman to the Bucks — because they’ve seen the defensive-minded 7-footer from Haiti as a good stylistic fit next to star Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Stein also reports the Mavericks are still pursuing center Greg Oden in addition to Dalembert. The Mavericks were called “legit” contenders – along with the Heat, Kings, Pelicans and Spurs — for Oden last week.


5 comments
DallasSports
DallasSports

Dalembert is not a bad sign. He and Wright won't be lighting up the center position but they can hold down the fort. I'm not down on the Mavs off season as most in the metroplex. Should be back in the playoffs barring an injury to Dirk. Plus more cap room next year. 

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Why is Cuban doing this? Oden is brittle and Dalembert  is soft. 

nyhoukcdal
nyhoukcdal

Signing Dalembert is fine.  And don't slam them for "improving" to a 8-seed.  This is Dallas, not Charlotte.  You've got to try to put a competitive product on the floor, even if it costs you a couple spots in the lottery.  I just don't get the flirtation with Oden.  Bernard James and Brandon Wright are both ok, and neither has bad knees.  Why waste a roster spot on this guy?  Let's see him in the D-league for a season first.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Nice to see the "youth" movement in Dallas