Mavs sign Dalembert, close to locking up starters

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm •  Published: July 19, 2013
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DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are one signature away from securing another overhaul of their starting lineup.

The deal announced Friday with free agent center Samuel Dalembert means four of the projected starters in Dallas are under contract. The other, shooting guard Monta Ellis, has a verbal agreement.

The 32-year-old Dalembert's contract is reportedly worth $7.5 million over two seasons.

Dalembert is likely to be the fifth starting center in the past five seasons for the Mavericks, who are retooling their roster for the third straight offseason. Their first priority in free agency was center Dwight Howard, but he chose Houston.

The NBA's only Haitian-born player, Dalembert has career averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He played for Milwaukee last season, and Dallas will be his fourth team in four seasons after playing the first eight years of his career with Philadelphia.

Dalembert started 13 of the first 14 games for the Bucks last season but lost the job to Larry Sanders. At one point after his role was reduced, Dalembert was suspended for a game at Dallas for what was said to be a pattern of behavior. He played just 47 games, averaging 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds.

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