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Dallas Mavericks reach deal with center Chris Kaman

Jul 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

Chris Kaman, Nene AP

Well, it’s not exactly the targets they had set out, but it’s not a bad signing, either.

The Dallas Mavericks are close to an agreement with Chris Kaman, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kaman himself confirmed he is Dallas bound on twitter, saying he is teaming up with Dirk Nowitzki.

Kaman ended up in New Orleans last season when the Clippers moved him as part of the Chris Paul trade. He is better than a lot of fans give him credit for, he averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game for the Hornets last season. He’s solid. He gets some boards, defends and can score from the block. He had a PER of 15.3, right about at the league average. He’s not a franchise guy, he’s not an All-Star guy (even though he made one) but he’s a respectable signing that can give the Mavericks some quality minutes.

This is a one-year deal, fitting Dallas’ mode of having a lot of cap space next summer to chase free agents again.

  1. blueinok - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    You also won’t read about him getting arrested in clubs. He’s a good kid. Glad to see he has finally landed somewhere.

  2. canehouse - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Alright I am just gonna say it! Top Signing of the summer!!!!

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      For.. Dallas?

  3. cosanostra71 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Anytime you can get a starting-quality player, it’s a good signing in my book.

  4. buffalowned - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    they are going to amnesty brendan haywood…..which means brendan haywood will be joining the heat. thanks dallas

    • dondada10 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Unless a team with more cap space bids higher than the Heat.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        You’re assuming that Haywood doesn’t trade money for a chance at another title. He’s made $44 mil in his career, and would get a chance to play on one of the best teams on paper of all time in the NBA, with multiple generational stars.

      • storebrandcookies - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:29 PM

        A defensive team like the Bulls would be a good fit for Haywood since they lost Asik.

  5. manuelvargas1203 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    heat cant bid , only teams under the cap

  6. canehouse - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    that’s very correct… teams over the cap can’t sign players that were amnesty casualties.

  7. genericcommenter - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    There aren’t even a handful of All-star caliber Centers in the whole NBA, let alone real superstars. He’s certainly better than the starters on many if not most teams.

  8. scalfor3 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    very good day for the mavs, adding him and collison enables them to stay afloat this season while maintaining the flexibility to try to land a big fish next summer. cubans handled this situation as well as he could

    • loungefly74 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      agree! “little” moves like this will keep Dallas in the playoff hunt.

  9. rickyspanish - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Cuban and company are doing a decent job of fixing the free agent debacle they had this year. They swung and missed, can’t blame em for trying.

  10. congocash - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Kaman is a work horse, great veteran to have around for young players. That said, hes a jumpshooting big which sucks a big one because noviski cant complement that well and vice versa.

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Great signing

  12. gemrookie - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Sorry Mav fans but I really wanted to see Cuban with a .000 batting avg. this offseason. However, you definitely needed upgrade(s). Kaman definitely fits the bill, but i’m afraid not enough. Now, if Cuban is angling to make a run at Howard, i like what i’m seeing. Obviously, anybody, other than Nowitzki, is up for grabs. Surprised you guys didn’t make a serious play for Sessions!

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