The Dallas Mavericks just announced the DeSagana Diop has signed a new contract with the club, which does not release the terms. Diop's deal is for five years for the full mid-level exception. The NBA set that value last night at $5.585 million for next season. With built-in raises, the life of the contract will work out to be about $32.4 million. Not bad for a guy who averaged 3.0 points and 5.0 rebounds last season.
The Mavs, however, are glad to have him to help out Erick Dampier in the middle. Diop, traded to New Jersey in February as part of the Jason Kidd trade, was sorely missed on the defensive end and offensive rebounding during the first round of the playoffs.
-- Jeff Caplan