The Dallas Mavericks made it offical Friday when they signed free agent center Samuel Dalembert to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
The agreement was first reported Wednesday by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The Mavs become Dalembert's fifth team in the past five seasons and is the center they mostly coveted after they lost out on the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes. This past season for the Milwaukee Bucks, the 6-11 pivotman averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, and shot 54.2 percent from the field in 47 games.
In his career which also included stops in Philadelphia, Sacramento, Houston and Milwaukee, Dalembert has averaged eight points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
An 11-year veteran, Dalembert will likely be inserted into the Mavs' starting lineup that probably will include forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, and guards Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis.
-- Dwain Price
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