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Report: Mavericks reach agreement with Samuel Dalembert

Jul 17, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks have some shooters on the roster — Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Vince Carter. They got Jose Calderon to set those guys up.

What they didn’t have was a real defender in the paint — but they have solved that problem. Or at least tried to solve it.

The Mavericks have reached a verbal agreement with Samuel Dalembert, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Dalembert has agreed to sign with the Mavericks as they continue to work on the final points of a contract.

Dalembert would start for them.

The Mavericks are also in the Greg Oden sweepstakes (is it really a sweepstakes?) but even if they land the former No. 1 pick you want another big on the roster. Oden may not be the most reliable big ever. Just sayin’.

This will be Dalmbert’s fifth different team in five seasons. Dalembert spent last season in Milwaukee where he only played 47 games. He is a more efficient scorer than he gets credit for, but you don’t really want him shooting that’s not why he is on the floor — he’s a solid defensive big man in the paint. That’s what Dallas needs. Dalembert struggles defensively with guys who spread the floor, but mostly it’s just about rim protection.

The Mavs needed that and got a solid pickup.

The Mavs may keep Bernard James on the roster as a backup big, Stein adds.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    They should have just tanked you’re not gonna win in the west with this roster they have…

  2. uncledrew22 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    They’ve went shopping at the Dollar Store again, just like last year. Hard to see them competing for a playoff spot in the ultra tough western conference this year.

    • sprest83 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Playoffs? The Mavs would have made the playoffs last year if Dirk just played 5 more games. Dirk makes the team a playoff team every year. Last year the Mavs struggled at the guard position…too many turnovers and bad ball. This year they fixed that by signing Calderon, who doesn’t turn the ball over at all, and Ellis.

      Brandan Wright will be also be resigned and I noticed the article didn’t mention that.

      Bottom line, the Mavs will compete for the 5-6 spot in the playoffs. And next year they will have an additional $20ish million to spend in FA due to Marion and Dirk coming off the books.

  3. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Dirk’s gotta be like WTF is going on. You broke the band up for this???

  4. tigers182 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Perfect. They’ll be they 13th placed team. Have no good draft pick and no free agents who want to sign there.

  5. thekingdave - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    You would think ESPN requiring a Facebook account would filter out the morons, but not in Dallas apparently. Dalembert locks them into the 5 seed I’m told.

  6. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Dallembert brings a decent game but he is nothing more than a backup. Dallas will be lucky to make the playoffs then its one and done.

  7. the1whothinks - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Dalembert is better than he get credit for – He’s like an squeegee he does what he’s supposed to do just prevents against ridiculous (scoring) streaks and cleans up the glass. Solid pickup but on a roster with the headliners of yesteryears all star teams dont expect him to be the second coming Ewing

  8. saintlaron - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    People always seem to overlook Dirk. The West is wide open. The NBA is the best it’s ever been right now. It’s all about matchups & no longer about who has the 2 best players. If it still was, then this would have been a 3peat for Miami now wouldn’t it…

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