Brian Cardinal could be a Mav soon

Brian Cardinal, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks soon, replacing Tim Thomas, who recently backed out of a one-year deal to remain home with his ill wife.

Barry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis told him Monday that he expects Cardinal, a free agent looking to play an 11th NBA season, will sign with the Dallas. Mavericks officials did not immediately return messages, but the Mavs are expected to sign Cardinal to a non-guaranteed contract.

Cardinal, a big man who can hit the 3-pointer, played the last two seasons in Minnesota, but logged just 93 games in that time. Last season, the Timberwolves traded Cardinal in February to the New York Knicks, who then waived him two days later. Cardinal re-signed with Minnesota in March. He played a total of 29 games last season, averaging 1.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting.

After Thomas opted not to play this season, the Mavs became in need of another big man to fill a spot role at power forward. At the moment, Dirk Nowitzki is the lone power forward on the roster.

Cardinal, 33, is a career 36.9 percent 3-point shooter who has spent much of his career nursing injuries. Only twice in 10 seasons has he played more than 58 games.