via Dallas News
Hell hath no fury like a Cuban scorned. Twice. Dirk Nowitzki was disgruntled about not having enough help. About Dallas letting Tyson Chandler walk away, leaving their title defense in shambles. Who can blame him? He is approaching his last years, would he want to spend that rebuilding?
Cuban comes up with a 2-year plan to make Dallas a contender. To build a roster around Dirk that can make them contenders. After the two top centers were signed out, the Mavs are now pursuing..Samuel Dalembert.
per Dallas News:
Sooner or later, the Mavericks are going to find a free-agent center who wants to take their money.
Hasn’t happened yet, but maybe Samuel Dalembert is the one.
After Andrew Bynum decided to take Cleveland’s two-year offer, the Mavericks apparently are looking hard at Dalembert, 32, the 26th overall pick of the 2001 draft.
On Wednesday night, one source called it a great fit if Dalembert comes to Dallas.
It may be the Mavericks’ best option after Wednesday’s events. Bynum came to Dallas and allowed the Mavericks to give his balky knees a good look. Their concerns meant they were not willing to offer Bynum any deal that would contend with Cleveland’s, and the 7-footer who didn’t play a second last season, agreed to join the Cavaliers.
And so, the Mavericks keep looking.
Bynum, who would not work out for teams when he visited them, follows in the footsteps of Dwight Howard, who listened to the Mavericks’ pitch last week before choosing Houston.
After the meeting with Bynum on Wednesday, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks were having “a medical discussion” and were gathering information about whether taking a chance on Bynum was wise.
He had surgery on both knees last season. That didn’t deter Cleveland from throwing a potential $24 million at Bynum over two years, although they have financial protection if his knees give out. Reports placed the guaranteed amount at about $6 million.
The Mavericks still have more than $8 million of unused cap space, but there really isn’t another free-agent center out there who deserves all of it.
Dalembert and Joel Przybilla are the best remaining names on the free-agent center market. None of them would be considered long-term solutions as the Mavericks search for front-court help.
The Mavericks are set in the backcourt, but their only frontcourt personnel now are Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, although it’s a virtual certainty that Brandan Wright will return. Elton Brand also is a possibility.
Dalembert is a proven starter in the league, and he’s always been a good rebounder, which is a serious need for the Mavericks. But he averaged only 16.3 minutes in 47 games for Milwaukee last season. However, he did average 17.3 rebounds per 48 minutes played.