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Mavs add Dalembert in middle

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The Dallas Mavericks have a new starting center.

The Mavericks announced Friday the signing of free-agent Samuel Dalembert, who projects to be Dallas' man in the middle. The deal is worth $7.5 million over two years, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Dalembert would replace Chris Kaman, who started at center last year for the Mavericks.

After losing out in the Dwight Howard chase, passing on Andrew Bynum and his questionable knees and expressing interest in Greg Oden, the Mavericks landed 32-year-old, 6-foot-11 Dalembert.

Not known as an offensive threat, Dalembert averaged 6.7 points per game last season with the Milwaukee Bucks. During his 11-year career, Dalembert has averaged almost eight rebounds per game and nearly two blocks per game.

The only other center currently on the Mavs' roster is Bernard James.
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