No Bynum, so Mavs will target Dalembert
|Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that Dalembert will be the Mavs’ primary target since their pursuit of Andrew Bynum has fizzled. A source told ESPN's Chris Broussard that Bynum decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
There simply aren’t many other quality alternatives in free agency to fill the Mavs’ massive void at center, considering that it’s pretty much a given that restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic will return to Minnesota.
Dalembert, a 32-year-old stopgap candidate, is the closest thing to a starting center on the open market other than Bynum. The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Dalembert started 23 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season; he averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game.
Dalembert’s per-36 minute production was actually pretty good: 14.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He’d at least give the Mavs a big body with a proven track record as a rebounder and rim protector to pair with Dirk Nowitzki.
Dalembert, who will likely play for his fifth team in five seasons, certainly isn’t a name that will sell any season tickets. But he might end up being the Mavs’ best option during a summer that started with a plan to sign Dwight Howard.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.