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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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Things didn't go as planned for the Mavericks at center last year, either. Chris Kaman signed a one-year, $8 million deal to be the starter, and while he was in that role more than anyone else, he averaged a career-low 20.7 minutes.

The Mavericks also have new starters in the backcourt with Ellis and fellow free agent Jose Calderon, a point guard. Calderon signed a four-year, $29 million deal, and the agreement with Ellis is reportedly worth about $25 million over three years. Dallas decided not to bring back Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo after a one-year experiment with both.

Dallas will have three new starters for the second straight year to go with Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.

The Mavericks have overhauled their roster all three offseasons since winning the franchise's first championship in 2011. With the longer contracts for Calderon and Ellis, that streak is likely to end next summer.