How does Samuel Dalembert as the Mavericks’ starting center sound?
Could you please at least attempt to stifle your yawns?
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that Dalembert will be the Mavs’ primary target since their pursuit of Andrew Bynum has 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.
Dalembert, a 32-year-old stopgap candidate, is the closest thing to a starting center on the open market other than Bynum. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Dalembert started 23 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season; he averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game.
Dalembert’s per-36 minute production was actually pretty good: 14.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He’d at least give the Mavs a big body with a proven track record as a rebounder and rim protector to pair with Dirk Nowitzki.
Dalembert, who will likely play for his fifth team in five seasons, certainly isn’t a name that will sell any season tickets. But he might end up being the Mavs’ best option during a summer that started with a plan to sign Dwight Howard.