Balkman (6-foot-8, 208 pounds) was selected by the New York Knicks with the 20th overall selection in the 2006 NBA draft. He holds career averages of 4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 13.9 minutes in 221 career games with New York and the Denver Nuggets.
The Staten Island, N.Y., native is a Puerto Rican-American who most recently played professionally for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico. Balkman played collegiately at South Carolina, where he was named to the Southeastern Conference all-tournament team and National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Most Valuable Player in his final season with the Gamecocks.
With the signing, the Mavericks’ current roster stands at 20 players.