Mavs To Sign Free Agent Tim Thomas

SamContributor IJuly 28, 2009

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Reported by the Dallas Morning News

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The Mavs must have a thing for journeymen forwards who haven't come close to fulfilling their potential.

First, they become the seventh team to employ Drew Gooden. Now,ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the Mavs are close to a deal with Tim Thomas, a lottery pick by the Nets in 1997 who has averaged 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds during a career that has included stops in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, New York (twice), Chicago (twice), Phoenix and Los Angeles (Clippers).

First thing that comes to mind when I think of Thomas: Him foolishly taunting Dirk with a blown kiss early on in the big German's epic 50-point Game 5 performance against the Suns.

Thomas, who is supposed to meet with the Mavs today, won't get much money in Dallas. The Mavs can offer him the leftovers of their midlevel exception (about $1.4 million) or the $1.9 million bi-annual exception.

 

Thomas, a 6-10 finesse player who is a 37-percent career 3-point shooter, would give the Mavs another scorer off the bench. He'd also add to what appears to be an interesting chemistry experiment being conducted at the AAC.