Dallas Mavericks Reportedly Sign DJ Mbenga to One-Year Deal

by September 11, 2012

The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly signed veteran center DJ Mbenga to a non-guaranteed training camp contract. This will be Mbenga’s second stint in Dallas, where he played from 2004-07. The 32-year-old, who has won two championships with the Lakers, last played in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets during the 2010-11 season. Via ESPN.com: “Despite the Mavericks’ current lack of roster room, they are interested in adding one more center for depth even after the offseason acquisitions of Chris Kaman and Elton Brand.  The Mavericks have also been linked with Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimeir, who plays in Spain, but they know Mbenga well after finding him in Belgium and bringing the 7-footer to the NBA during the 2004-05 season. RTBF in Belgium reported that Mbenga turned down contract offers in China and Greece for the opportunity to try to convince the Mavs to shed one of their guaranteed contracts to make room for him. If Mbenga fails to make the Mavs’ roster, his D-League rights will be held by the Texas Legends and make him eligible to play for former teammate Eduardo Najera, who was named last month as the Legends’ new coach.”