Another 7-foot center to come available

The 48-hour waiver-wire period for Zydrunas Ilgauskas is up today, making him a free agent and available to sign anywhere. Of course, as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Sunday night, Big Z will be headed back to Cleveland after waiting 30 days.

Another 7-foot center is about to become available, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Minnesota is set to release Mark Blount, who has averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in his nine NBA seasons.

Blount and the Timberwolves mutually agreed during the preseason that he would not join the team -- after being re-acquired in an August deal with Miami for Quentin Richardson -- while Minnesota attempted to find a new home for Blount via trade.

But, Blount remains on Minnesota's roster.

With the Mavs playing so well and Erick Dampier returning at some point from a dislocated finger, picking up a guy who has not played all season might not make much sense. The Mavs certainly could use a big body to back up Brendan Haywood, but they've already passed on D-Leaguer Dwayne Jones and might be better suited to wait on Dampier's return.