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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 6:48 pm  |  26 responses

Peja Stojakovic Released By Toronto, Seemingly Headed to Dallas

Per the usual, Marc Stein has the scoop: “The Dallas Mavericks have quickly received a verbal commitment from the just-released Peja Stojakovic that he intends to sign with Dallas upon clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, meanwhile, are closing in on a separate trade with Toronto — sending little-used center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto — to create a roster spot for Stojakovic without having to let newcomer Sasha Pavlovic go. A trade call with the league office to secure final approval was scheduled for Thursday night. The Raptors formally waived Stojakovic on Thursday afternoon after completing a buyout of the 33-year-old’s $15 million expiring contract.”

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  • B.I.G. Frank Castle

    Oh no who will keep his spot on the bench warm… enter Alexis!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I miss watching peja hit a 3 when he was with the hornets. Seeing those 3 peja heads run a lap always made me smile

  • greg

    at least we get him off the books in the off season maybe we can convince a free agent we dont suck, or throw tons of money at them

  • Jer-Dawg

    Another soft player. Defenseless, one dimensional player. Excellent, another first round flameout in Big D, but even that moniker is ironic.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Wow, signing a washed up Peja will really help transform the Mavs image and make them a tough and gritty team. What an awesome idea. LOL

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    That comment is ignorant M Cho. While Peja is not a star player he used to be, he will help the Mavs spread the floor and have another 3 point weapon to count on in those clutch situations. He’s not a great defender, but he’s height at 6’10 could bother most small forwards(if they choose to play him at 3) if he puts his heart into playing defense. What’s best of all in my opinion is that he finally has a chance to play for a legit championship-contender and that should provide a boost of motivation. Hope to see him have a decent comeback before he retires and one last chance at the ring.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Why would he put his heart into playing defense at age 33 when he didn’t at age 23?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    @RickyRude- You make a good point, but I wanted to challenge you listing of Peja at 6’10″, I checked up and he is listed at 6-10. Wow, surprised he never played any 4, and he really doesn’t seem that tall, I thought he was closer to 6-6, 6-7..

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @RickyRude: I’ve watched Peja since he was on the Kings. Sure, he could stroke the 3 back then, but he wasn’t exactly defensive minded as a player. And with his string of back problems and time spent on the injury list, I’m more inclined to agree with MichaelNZ’s assessment — Peja isn’t going to suddenly up his game at this stage and turn into a stopper. And if you think he has a chance at the ring with the Mavs this year…well…

  • ab40

    j kidd can get chandler all star votes so he sure as hell can give peja the ball on his sweet spots. 7 ppg of the bench 2 rebs 12/15 minutes. nice asset for a minimum contract

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    It was a good run Peja… not really.. but still.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    4th in MVP voting in ’04!

    All jokes aside, ab40 probably said it best.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    it seems that the Mavs are in the championship hunt every year, its hard to take them seriously

  • greg

    how does this adress their need for a big 2 guard? thats all theyve been missing for the past ten years to win a ring, and they continue to try and keep ppl happy with players who wont take them to the next level.

  • http://www.b-ballistics.com Darksaber

    NOOOOOOOO!
    Please lord, NOOOOOOOOO!
    1st Pavlovic gets a 10 day, now this is about to happen?
    Cubes is desperate!

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Man I miss the days when Peja was rockin it for the Kings. Anybody else think that Ryan Anderson is the same as a young Peja? And BossTerry, he always played the 3 cause Webber had the 4 spot locked down.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Bossterry fails. How u can watch peja play and not see that peja is that tall is nonsense…..

  • DeeDre

    Needing a big 2 guard isn’t their main problem. They need a dominant force inside, at least defensively, to change the mindset of the team and give them an identity. And getting Peja isn’t necessarily the best move but they had to do somethin to at least attempt replace Caron’s productivity. If you had a deep cut and you couldn’t go to the emergency room, would you sit at home and let it bleed or would you look for a shirt to wrap it up for now?

  • http://slamonline.com TheTruth

    @RickyRude
    Every team is already use to dallas having 3pt shooters from the 1 to the 4 (sometimes 5) when they play, so odds are teams won’t be changing their defenses for something they’ve already seen. So your theory of the mavs spreading the floor even more so is a wash. Unless the nba changes the rules and let teams use 8 players on the floor at a time I don’t see how this changes the mavs look. And you’re right he doesn’t play D, all dallas really did was sign another washed up star to make some more noise and just end up choking in the playoffs like they always do. Mavs= biggest joke of a contender.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Caboose – Peja was a former allstar, he could rebound, score and pass… I don’t see much of a comparison with Ryan Anderson…. sorry. Perhaps they both could get left for open threes in the corner from time to time…?

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Dacre, sorry, I didn’t mean talent level, I meant similar playing styles. Both are 6’10 guys who can stroke it, can rebound if they need to, are ok at putting the ball on the floor and are pretty good at getting to the line. No, Ryan Anderson is nowhere near the player Peja was.

  • ben

    @nIQ

    He only needs 2 3pts made to be 4th all time. No that bad.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    please come 2 the lake show peja…our bench has sucked since barnes got injured

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    IT still looks like Dallas is just trying to put together pieces for a big trade, but who knows.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    No, Dallas feels like Peja can help them, and he can. With Butler down, they could use the extra scoring. It’s not entirely a coincidence that NOH went downhill after they traded Peja. He was lighting it up in his limited minutes.
    Tarzan, Dallas need to acquire those Peja heads some how.

  • MrSuper

    Peja is 6’9″. The NBA is used to listing players an inch taller. He wasn’t a bad defender in the past but all that weight training slowed him down.

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