Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Updated: August 12, 10:26 AM ET
Tim Thomas agrees to return to Mavs
By Jeff Caplan
Tim Thomas and the Dallas Mavericks will give it another go this season, as the power forward has agreed to a one-year deal with the team. He is expected to sign a contract Thursday upon passing a physical.
"We are excited to have him back," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said via e-mail.
Thomas, who was scheduled to arrive in Dallas on Wednesday evening, will make the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million next season, according to his agent, Bob Myers. He will fill a void at power forward behind Dirk Nowitzki.
"He can guard 4s, 5s and even some bigger 3s and spread the court and create space for the other guys," Cuban said. "Plus, he allows us to put four or five good 3-point shooters on the court at the same time and to go with a really big lineup if we need to."
The Mavs signed Thomas to a one-year deal last season as a free agent, but he played just 18 games before leaving the team to tend to his ailing wife. Thomas never disclosed her illness, but he is ready to return and wanted to play for the Mavs.
Dallas attempted to sign free agents Udonis Haslem and then Al Harrington last month to back up Nowitzki, but Haslem chose to take less money to re-sign with the Miami Heat and Harrington opted to play in Denver, where he signed with the Nuggets for five years and is likely to garner more minutes than in Dallas.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Thomas will enter his 14th NBA season, and the Mavs like his ability to stretch the floor and hit 3-pointers. He owns career averages of 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. He is a career 36.9-percent shooter from beyond the arc and hit 37.2 percent in his brief stint last season.
Thomas brings the Mavs' roster to 14, leaving them with one available spot.
Jeff Caplan covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.