Magloire signs with Mavs, hopes to debut Thursday

Jamaal Magloire flew into Dallas on Tuesday night after clearing waivers and signed a contract with the Mavericks for the rest of the season.

Magloire is scheduled to practice with the Mavericks on Wednesday and will be available to make his debut Thursday night in San Antonio in Dallas' first game against the Spurs since acquiring Jason Kidd. He signed for a pro-rated share of the league's $1.03 million veteran minimum.

The 29-year-old was waived by New Jersey on Friday after the trading deadline passed and, according to NBA front-office sources, immediately established Dallas as his preferred destination. Signing a veteran center was likewise Dallas' top priority in the wake of the Kidd trade after being forced to send DeSagana Diop to New Jersey, leaving Erick Dampier as its only true center.

Although he was expected to supply the Nets with some much-needed bulk and experience on the front line, Magloire only managed to get into 24 games for the Nets, averaging a mere 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Magloire has struggled to find a niche since earning a surprise spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2004, lasting just one season each in Milwaukee and Portland before signing a one-year deal with the Nets last summer worth $4 million. But the recent influx of size in the Western Conference after a flurry of trades this month apparently created a new job market for him.

"I've never seen a guy work so hard when he isn't playing," Kidd told ESPN.com on Monday night in Dallas of Magloire. The two were Nets teammates as recently as a week ago.

Signing Magloire without cutting into their mid-level exception left the Mavericks in the strongest financial position of the teams trying to sign veteran guard Brent Barry, who was waived last week by Seattle after the Sonics acquired him, Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round pick in a swap with San Antonio for Kurt Thomas.

Sources said Barry is also considering Phoenix, Houston, Boston and Golden State as well as a return to the Spurs, who would have to wait 30 days to re-sign him, according to league rules. But Dallas can pay Barry more than any of the teams in the hunt.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.