With Heat off table, Samuel Dalembert eager to join Mavs
JUL 18, 2013 3:55p ET
In case you're wondering, the Spice play in the Bikini Basketball Association.
First, the NBA news: Dalembert, a Boca Raton, Fla., resident, told FOX Sports Florida that he would fly to Dallas on Thursday to take a physical and sign his deal Friday with the Mavericks.
Dalembert said final details of his contract are still being worked out and he didn't want to discuss specifics. However, a source said it likely will be a two-year deal worth about $4 million annually with the second year likely a team option.
Dalembert, who played last season with Milwaukee, had told FOX Sports Florida in April he had interest in joining the Miami Heat as a free agent. Dalembert believed his agent, Marc Cornstein, talked with the Heat but that any Heat signing would have been a duplication after they had re-signed Chris Andersen at the start of free agency. Cornstein did not immediately return a message.
Besides, the Heat wouldn't have been able to match what Dalembert is expected to get from the Mavericks. The most Miami could have offered was the taxpayer mid-level exception, which starts at $3.183 million.
"That (the Heat) could have been a good situation, but this is a good situation, too," Dalembert, who made $6.7 million last season, said of joining Dallas.
Dalembert, 32, said he believes he can fill a void the Mavericks have had since center Tyson Chandler left as a free agent for New York following the championship season of 2010-11.
"They need an athletic center to protect the basket," said the 6-foot-11 Dalembert, who has 11-year averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.82 blocks although he averaged just 6.7, 5.9 and 1.13 during a season with Milwaukee in which he lost his starting job. "You can see that in the past, when they had that, they had a contender. I like the pieces (the Mavericks) have. I think we are really going to be good."
While Dalembert got a new team this summer, his sister didn't. Melissa Dalembert, who played at the University of South Florida, had been scheduled to join the Spice in the first-year Bikini Basketball Association.
Dalembert had told FOX Sports Florida last April he didn't want his sister playing because he believed the league is "nonsense" and "just for the show."
"I told her that kind of stuff is not a real legitimate league," said Dalembert, whose sister had played last season in Germany before returning to America. "She listened to me. I'm glad she's not doing it."
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