Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks would like to sign free agent center Andrew Bynum to a deal contingent on a few things, but if it doesn’t work out then they have a backup plan in place. Is it the most ideal backup plan they could ask for? Not necessarily, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Dallas is said to be targeting free agent center Samuel Dalembert if Bynum doesn’t work out, according to Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources says Mavs remain in pursuit of Bynum but also have Bucks free agent Samuel Dalembert as prime target if Bynum pursuit fizzles
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2013
If the Mavericks were to land Dalembert, they will get a tenured veteran big man that still plays at a very efficient level. Last year with the Milwaukee Bucks, Dalembert averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game. Although it is tough to truly stand out on a team like the Bucks, his PER in 2012 was 18.6.
The Mavericks may wind up starting Dalembert if he is brought in, and it isn’t clear whether the 32 year-old can handle starter minutes at this point in his career. But, if last season was any indication, I would say they could use him a good 25-30 minutes per game without losing on production.
Dallas is also in talks to bring back free agent forward Brendan Wright, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Wright is a solid play off the bench who could be brought back on a relatively cheap contract and give the Mavericks a few good minutes each night.
At this point, in regards to Bynum, the Cleveland Cavaliers have already made an offer and some would say they are the frontrunner in the race to land him. The Mavericks would have to offer a pretty enticing deal for Bynum to head to Dallas, and maybe even bring in another relatively big name via free agency to lure him in.