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Yesterday’s signing of Brian Cardinal did not signal the end of the Mavericks’ summer moves, it appears, as they have invited three-point specialist Steve Novak, a 6-foot-10 forward, to camp, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. Novak joined Cardinal and Bobby Simmons, another free agent, last week for workouts with the Mavs, who must have liked what they saw.
Sefko says Dallas likes Novak because he “plays a similar style” to Dirk Nowitzki, as a tall forward with range extending beyond the arc. Novak sure can shoot the three-ball, with a career mark of 40.3 percent, but he can’t do much else. As Tom Haberstroh of HoopData.com points out, via Twitter, Novak only attempted one layup last season, in 364 minutes.
In veteran power forward Brian Cardinal, the Mavericks may have found their replacement for Tim Thomas. But Art Garcia reports that Cardinal will have to make the team the hard way: by battling through training camp and earning a roster spot.
Thomas left the team to tend to his ill wife. Cardinal, a ten-year veteran, could provide Dallas with intelligent passing and defense, but he does not have the shooting range Thomas does.
Last week, Garcia reported that Cardinal, Steve Novak, and Bobby Simmons all had workouts with the Mavericks. It appears as though Cardinal impressed them the most. He averaged 1.7 points and 1 rebound per game in 29 appearances for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.
Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports on Twitter that free agent forward Brian Cardinal will sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
Just a few days ago, Art Garcia of NBA.com wrote that the Mavericks became interested in Cardinal’s services after Tim Thomas informed the team he would not play during the 2010-2011 so that he could care for his ill wife.
The Mavericks continue to survey their big-man options in the wake of Tim Thomas having to leave the team to tend to his ill wife. Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com reports that the team is close to signing a replacement for training camp. As we noted last week, Brian Cardinal, Steve Novak, and Bobby Simmons each worked out with Dallas. Additionally, Ike Diogu has emerged as a possibility, reports Fisher.
Diogu, 27, missed all of last season due to a knee injury after signing with the New Orleans Hornets. The 6-foot-9 power forward split the four seasons before last between four different teams, averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in just 12.4 minutes per game. A 50.1 percent shooter from the floor, he could still help an NBA team if given the right opportunity. He has the most upside of any player linked to the Mavericks so far.
Keep checking this StoryStream for more information on the Thomas-replacement situation as it becomes available.
The Mavericks got some upsetting news last week when they learned veteran power forward Tim Thomas, who had to leave the team last season to care for his ill wife, would be unable to re-join the team for the coming season, despite signing a contract. With Thomas out of the picture, Dallas has started looking for his replacement as the team’s backup to Dirk Nowitzki, according to Art Garcia of NBA.com.
Players under consideration include Brian Cardinal and Steve Novak, two jump-shooting veteran big men. Swingman Bobby Simmons, who can masquerade as a power forward in smallball lineups for brief stretches, is another possibility. But Cardinal is the frontrunner to land the gig, reports Garcia, “based on his experience, shooting range and work ethic.”
Cardinal is a 10-year veteran with career averages of 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds. He is seven years removed from his best season, in which he averaged an improbable 16.1 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while making 44.4 percent of his three-pointers for the Warriors. He’s still in the league due to his hustle, energy, and willingness to do the unglamorous things on the court. In this way, he’s remarkably similar to departed Mavs forward Eduardo Najera, whom the team sent to the Bobcats in the Tyson Chandler trade earlier this summer.
Novak is a jump-shooting specialist in the strictest sense of the term. He has made 40.3 percent of his three-pointers in his four-year career, while taking more than 70 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. At 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, he has the size of a power forward, but not the skill-set; he has averaged one rebound for every nine minutes he’s been on the court, and has blocked a grand total of 10 shots.
Simmons parlayed his outstanding 2004/05 season with the L.A. Clippers into a fat contract, but has sharply declined since. He only managed 23 appearances last season despite playing for the Nets, who posted the league’s worst record at 12-70. Although he didn’t show it last season, Simmons is an above-average three-point shooter at 40.1 percent, and is particularly lethal from the corners.
Tim Thomas has decided not to re-join the Dallas Mavericks this season, instead choosing to stay at home with his ailing wife according to the Dallas Morning News.
His agent, Bob Myers, said Tuesday that Thomas would not be rejoining the Mavericks. It is believed that Thomas may be leaning toward retirement after a 13-year career.
It was originally reported in August that Thomas would be playing in Dallas for the upcoming season.
Free-agent point guard Dee Brown, who played last year for Maccabi Tel Aviv, accepted an invitation to the Dallas Mavericks’ training camp yesterday, announcing the news via his Twitter account:
Today was another great day of work at the gym I’m feeling pretty good rt now!today my agent confirmed vet camp with the dallas mavericks!!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®Dee Brown
ESPN Dallas’ Jeff Caplan spoke to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who confirmed to Caplan that Brown’s contract is non-guaranteed.
Brown, 26, has appeared in 68 games in two NBA seasons, getting his start in 2006/07 with the Utah Jazz. He split the 2008/09 season between the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. The Illinois product owns career averages of 2.1 points and 1.8 assists on 34 percent shooting.
Tim Thomas and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a one-year deal last week, and now after Thomas passed a physical, he’s expected to sign Tuesday.
Free-agent power forward Tim Thomas has passed his physical and should finalize a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, his agent Bob Myers said.
Thomas and the Mavs agreed to a deal last week that will pay him the veteran minimum of $1.35 million for the 2010-11 season.
Thomas began the season with Dallas last season before leaving to care for his wife.
Jeff Caplan reports that Tim Thomas has agreed to a one year deal at the $1.4 million veteran minimum. Thomas will back up Dirk Nowitzki, joining Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler as options for power forward and center minutes behind Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood.
“He can guard 4s, 5s and even some bigger 3s and spread the court and create space for the other guys,” [owner Mark] Cuban said. “Plus, he allows us to put four or five good 3-point shooters on the court at the same time and to go with a really big lineup if we need to.”
ESPN.com reports that Tim Thomas' agent claims a deal could be close.
Thomas missed most of last season to care for his ill wife.