We are deep into NBA Free Agency now and all of the high profile players are signed up to their contracts for the next few years/
Players like Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis are set for life after signing deals worth over $100M to stay with the teams that drafted them for the long term, while Goran Dragic, Draymond Green, Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Butler all got very close to breaking three figures themselves.
The big story of free agency however has been DeAndre Jordan, whose flip-flop between the Clippers and Mavericks grabbed all the headlines and left NBA fans on tenterhooks
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High and Dry
Jordan left the Mavericks high and dry when he refused to respond to Mark Cuban and the Mavs, going back on his word to stay in Los Angeles and turn the whole thing into a farce.
The Mavericks were also left without a starting center, to go alongside that big helping of embarrassment, but they have gone out and done something about it.
According to a report from their official website, the Mavericks announced today that they traded for center Zaza Pachulia from the Milwaukee Bucks to fill that Jordan sized hole on their roster.
He’s not DeAndre Jordan - one of the best centers in the entire National Basketball Association - but he’s not bad, and a very good pickup for Dallas as they scramble around to try and fill out their roster.
Pachulia was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 42nd pick in the 2003 draft out of Ulkespor in Turkey as one of the best European big men of his class. He played for the Hawks before joining Milwaukee in 2013.
The 31-year old Georgian averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 23 minutes per contest last season, plus he is a solid, physical defender. He’ll be tough inside the paint and will play good minutes in Dallas, but fans will be ruing not having DeAndre Jordan under the basket instead.