Dallas Mavericks

Dalembert, Villanueva sign with the Mavs

Samuel Dalembert will be making his second stint with the Dallas Mavericks next season.
Samuel Dalembert will be making his second stint with the Dallas Mavericks next season. Star-Telegram

Samuel Dalembert is back. So, too, is Charlie Villanueva.

After being away from the Dallas Mavericks for a year, Dalembert is back with the North Texas team he played with during the 2013-’14 season.

Dalembert signed a one-year contract with the Mavs on Thursday worth approximately $1.5 million. And the Mavs are so thin in the middle that the 34-year old Dalembert may wind up being the team’s opening-day starter at center this fall.

In the meantime, the Mavs also signed Villanueva to a one-year contract Thursday worth about $1.5 million. Last year in 64 games with the Mavs, Villanueva averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while playing 10.6 minutes per contest, and also shot 37.6 percent from 3-point range.

Now entering his 15th season, Dalembert (6-11, 255) played just 32 games for the New York Knicks this past season and averaged four points and 5.3 rebounds in only 17 minutes per contest. The points and rebounds were the lowest for Dalembert since his rookie campaign – the 2001-’02 season.

Dalembert fell so far out of favor in New York that the Knicks waived him on Jan. 5, and no other team decided to pick him up for the remainder of the season. At the time of Dalembert’s release, the Knicks saved $2 million of the $3.8 million that they owed him.

Meanwhile, in 80 games with the Mavs two years ago –including 68 starts – Dalembert averaged 6,.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.2 minutes per game, and also shot a career-high 56.8 percent from the field.

Zaza Pachulia and Dalembert currently are the top two centers on the Mavs’ roster.

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Dallas Mavericks roster

Player

Pos

Ht.

Wt.

How acquired

Justin Anderson

SG

6-6

225

Drafted No. 21 overall in June

Brandon Ashley

PF

6-9

230

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

J. J. Barea

PG

6-0

185

Signed 4-yr. contract in July

Samuel Dalembert

C

6-11

250

Signed 1-yr. contract in today

Jeremy Evans

SF

6-9

200

Signed 2-yr. contract in July

Jarrid Famous

PF

6-11

240

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

Raymond Felton

PG

6-1

205

Picked up option yr. in June

Devin Harris

PG/SG

6-3

192

Signed 4-yr. contract last summer

John Jenkins

SG

6-4

215

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

Wesley Matthews

SG

6-5

220

Signed 4-yr. contract in July

Salah Mejri

C

7-2

235

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

Maurice Ndour

SF

6-9

200

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

Dirk Nowitzki

PF

7-0

245

Signed 3-yr. contract last summer

Zaza Pachulia

C

6-11

270

Acquired in July trade with Bucks

Chandler Parsons

SF

6-9

227

Signed 3-yr. contract last summer

Dwight Powell

PF

6-11

240

Acquired in Dec. 18 trade with Celtics

Satnam Singh

C

7-2

290

Drafted No. 52 overall in June

Charlie Villaneuva

PF

6-11

232

Signed 1-yr. contract in today

Deron Williams

PG

6-3

200

Signed 2-yr. contract in July

Jamil Wilson

F

6-7

230

Signed 3-yr. contract in July

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