O’Neal was in his prime when he was coached by Carlisle on the Pacers from 2003 through 2007, averaging 21.4 points and 9.5 rebounds while making All-Star appearances in each of those four seasons. But O’Neal hasn’t been a go-to guy since then and is a low-cost backup center at this point of his career.
O’Neal, a 17-year veteran who turns 35 in April, averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes per game for the Phoenix Suns last season. The 6-foot-11, 255-pound O’Neal played in 55 games, more than his total in the previous two seasons for the Boston Celtics.
The Mavs have also been in contact with Elton Brand, who averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks primarily as Dallas’ backup center last season.