The Mavericks exercised the team option on center DeSagana Diop today, locking him up for next season for $2.15 million.
It will be a big year for the 7-footer and former eighth overall pick by Cleveland in 2001 since he can become a free agent after next season. Gana has vowed to improve his offensive game this summer to help the Mavs establish the low-post scoring threat they sorely lacked in the first-round loss to Golden State.
"This game is all about confidence," Gana said. "I've got to work on my offense and get stronger."
Diop completed his second season with the Mavs averaging 2.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.3 minutes. He lost his starting job early in the season to Erick Dampier, but started the final four games against the up-tempo Warriors.