Dallas Mavericks sign Samuel Dalembert and Charlie Villanueva

August 6, 2015

After memorably losing out on the DeAndre Jordan free agent sweepstakes this summer, the Dallas Mavericks have been in scramble mode ever since.  Today, the team succeeded this time in signing a big man to their roster, announcing that they have inked free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

Although Dalembert might not be as talented as the Clippers' Jordan, he is a decent shotblocking center who will be playing in his second stint with Dallas.

Dalembert previously signed with the Mavericks as a free agent in July 2013, averaging 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 20.2 minutes in 80 games (68 starts) during the 2013-14 season. After one year with the Mavericks, Dalembert was traded to the New York Knicks, along with guards Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, and Shane Larkin and two 2014 second round picks, in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.

Dalembert (6-11, 255) has played a total of 886 games (694 starts) with Philadelphia, Sacramento, Houston, Milwaukee, Dallas and New York and has career averages of 7.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 24.4 minutes per game. He is the only Haitian-born player in the NBA.

In addition to Dalembert's signing, the Mavs also re-signed forward Charlie Villanueva.

Villanueva (6-11, 238) is an outside shooting big who holds career averages of 10.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 21.7 minutes in 594 games (159 starts) with Toronto, Milwaukee, Detroit and Dallas.

Villanueva was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in 2005-06 after averaging 13.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 29.1 minutes in 81 games (36 starts). He had a breakout year in 2008-09 when he averaged 16.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 26.9 minutes in his final season with Milwaukee.

In his first season with Dallas, Villanueva averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 64 games (one start). He shot 37.6 percent (83-of-221) from beyond the arc in 2014-15.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com

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