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Report: Mavericks to target Samuel Dalembert now that Andrew Bynum has signed with Cavaliers

Jul 10, 2013, 9:16 PM EST

Samuel Dalembert AP

Wednesday began with such promise in Dallas, but ultimately ended in some level of disappointment.

The Mavericks began the day meeting with free agent big man Andrew Bynum. The club had its medical staff do some evaluations, and there was a lunch with Bynum’s agent and team executives where the early stages of contract negotiations had begun to be initiated.

Whether due to advice from the team’s doctors or an unwillingness to match the offer on the table from Cleveland in terms of either guaranteed money or total compensation, Dallas lost out on the chase for Bynum, who had decided to sign with the Cavaliers before the day was finished.

With limited options left available on the market at the center position, Dallas has now turned its attention to journeyman free agent Samuel Dalembert.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that Dalembert will be the Mavs’ primary target after their pursuit of Andrew Bynum fizzled. A source told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that Bynum decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There simply aren’t many other quality alternatives in free agency to fill the Mavs’ massive void at center, considering that it’s pretty much a given that restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic will return to Minnesota.

It’s an underwhelming option, but it might be all the Mavericks have left if they’re determined to go with a veteran to fill this role. Dallas began the summer as one of five teams that entered the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but were eliminated by Howard fairly early in the process.

Dalembert has played for four different teams the last four seasons, and averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocked shots in 16.3 minutes per game for the Bucks most recently — but appeared in just 47 contests for them last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Dalembert will meet with the Mavericks Thursday in Dallas.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    thats an equal trade off…

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Dammit Mavs, you should have taken the risk on Bynum!

    Or at least kept Olynyk!

    Get ready for a bad year my fellow Mavs fans. I will still go to the games, if only to talk trash to The Princess(dwight) when he comes to town or to see King James destroy us..

    At least the tickets will be cheap!

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Its all good. I’m still riding high off 2011. I’m grateful for that title. I have faith in Cuban and carlisle. We will bounce back, just might take a couple years.

  3. texasrug - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    What a joke Cuban has made out of the Mavs. Dirk deserves better!

    • loubearkane - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Should be on the phone with the Lakers & Wolves to trade for Nash & Barrea.
      Yes 4 guards and Dirk
      Harris
      Calderon
      Barrea
      Nash
      Dirk

      • theguy91 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        That lineup would surrender 160 points per game. Hahaha. I love all those guys but I’m, how bout’ no.

    • 6thsense79 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Oh how short your memory runs. If you want to see a joke look at the Mavs before Cuban became owner. Cuban is one of the biggest reasons the Mavs has a championship and for years won 50+ games a season.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Yea texas rug, we would still be winning 20 games a season without Cuban, stfu

    • 8to80texansblog - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      First off, what’s a joke is that jersey in the photo…

      Second, being a Houstonian, I love that Dallas is having to settle for sloppy 3rds….

  4. losanginsight - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Kind of hard to sign good FA’s when your owner is a clown.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Last time I checked, the Owner is a multi billionaire with a NBA championship ring.

      If that’s being a clown, I’m ready to jump in the clown car.

  5. bendover09 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    What a joke? Let’s take a look back long ago before Cuban bought the Mavericks…

    Who were the Mavericis ?? Exactly.

    Cuban knows what he is doing. It might not seem clear to us right now, but I am sure their is a plan in place. Cuban gave the Mav fans 10+ straight years of exciting basketball. Everyone has to rebuild at some point in time, it just happens that way. Although , I do think the Nelson era should leave , but hey.. what do I know . Point is, Cuban by himself , no large company, himself, turned the Mavs into a winning organization & he can do whatever he wants to this team & ill have faith .

    • kinggw - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Cuban is a good owner, in large part because he spares no expense to make his players feel comfortable.

      I don’t know if I’d go as far to say he’s responsible for them turning around. When he bought the team in 2000 there were three guys named Nash, Finley,and Dirk who were already in tow, I would say they are responsible for turning the Mavs around, not Cuban. You want Nelson to leave, why? He is the guy who put together the title team. Cuban is the face of the franchise, but Nelson was the GM who is responsible for the Mavs extended run.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        You clearly don’t know anything..

  6. 13arod - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    2 seconds later he signs some were else

  7. dolphindubs - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    How bout Dirk man-up and play center. He’s a 7 footer after all….

    • bek00l - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Seriously? Going to take the Cubs Kerry Wood approach and beat one of the greatest players to ever play for his team into the ground because you can’t do him justice and put great players around him? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard of. Thats about as erroneous as saying you personally would be available to play as Devin Harris’ backup… which coincidentally may not be the worst thing to happen next this summer for the Mavs.

  8. jprietoph - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Mavs needs to sign Dajuan Blair as Backup Forward/Center.

  9. rushbacker - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    “Missing out” on Bynum should be judged as a huge success. The Mavs are going to be a lottery team this year, it is what it is.

  10. jprietoph - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Mozgov, Timofey is still available.. Bring Brandan Wright.. and Mavs have a decent Center Position..

  11. abchome - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Paul/Williams —> Calderon …
    Howard/Bynum —> Dalembert … …

    talking about things went wrong…

    • bendover09 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      A whole lot of cash and no rings

  12. texasrug - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Hold on to those memories your going to need them

  13. bek00l - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    So… 0 for 2 in the free agency market, huh? Now, we go for a defensive player at Center who could actually be WORSE than Chris Kaman? Unbelievable. Thats exactly why you don’t trade away your 1st round draft picks or trade down, bc every great team grows out of the draft. San Antonio did it, Chicago did it, and OKC did it. Yet, the Mavs think they convince an all star player to come and build a “Championship” contender w just himself and a load of 1 year minimum contract players OR a boatload of rookies with no vital NBA experience. Mark Cuban used to have me convinced that he could compile winning NBA teams, but I’m no longer convinced he can do so. And if you think for any reason that LeBron James would even consider the Mavs next year, you are living in the most unrealistic fantasy land where money really grows on trees and random trades that happened in the 90’s NBA Live video games would actually be feasible.

    • chris213141 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      bek00l – Jul 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM
      So… 0 for 2 in the free agency market, huh? Now, we go for a defensive player at Center who could actually be WORSE than Chris Kaman? Unbelievable. Thats exactly why you don’t trade away your 1st round draft picks or trade down, bc every great team grows out of the draft. San Antonio did it, Chicago did it, and OKC did it. Yet, the Mavs think they convince an all star player to come and build a “Championship” contender w just himself and a load of 1 year minimum contract players OR a boatload of rookies with no vital NBA experience. Mark Cuban used to have me convinced that he could compile winning NBA teams, but I’m no longer convinced he can do so. And if you think for any reason that LeBron James would even consider the Mavs next year, you are living in the most unrealistic fantasy land where money really grows on trees and random trades that happened in the 90′s NBA Live video games would actually be feasible.

      Tell me more about those great teams rebuilding through FA that have won a championship more recently that the Mavs. Fortunately, if there were any time to try your chances at reloading a team, it would be from 2012-2014 when the Heat are stomping the league. Cuban will have things up his sleeve in the coming months, as he’s finally stocking up trade assets under the new CBA, which is one area he got wrong. Hopefully Larkin’s injury doesn’t hurt this potential too much, but it most likely will.

  14. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    Poor Mavs, they keep striking out!! They better go into every off season with plans A-E.

    • bougin89 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I think they are on plan E, Malt.

  15. readysethike - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    he may sign with the Mavs for a one year deal, but all he’ll talk about during the season is how he’s interested in playing for the Heat like he’s done the last 2 years.

  16. readysethike - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    he may sign with the Mavs for a one year deal, but all he’ll talk about during the season is how he’s interested in playing for the Heat like he’s done the last 2 years.

  17. bigmeechy74 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I can’t believe they won it all a couple years ago. I still can’t. They had guys like Peja and barea going off. And jason kidd. They made EVERY 3 pointer they took down the stretch every game. Game 2 against Miami and game 4 against okc were the most ridiculous wins I’ve ever seen in my life. They had Dirk…. and…. not much else. I think they may be the worst team to win a title in the last 30 years.

    • chris213141 - Jul 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      bigmeechy74 – Jul 12, 2013 at 1:10 AM
      I can’t believe they won it all a couple years ago. I still can’t. They had guys like Peja and barea going off. And jason kidd. They made EVERY 3 pointer they took down the stretch every game. Game 2 against Miami and game 4 against okc were the most ridiculous wins I’ve ever seen in my life. They had Dirk…. and…. not much else. I think they may be the worst team to win a title in the last 30 years.

      —-

      If you ‘get lucky’ for 16 games against the greatest 3 teams in the playoffs (and another solid one in Portland)…it might not be luck after all.

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