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JaVale McGree and Dallas Mavericks open talks, per report

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The Dallas Mavericks came away from the first phase of free agency hurting after DeAndre Jordan's late decision to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Having put all their eggs in a Jordan sized basket the Mavs are now looking into the remaining free agency talent pool in search of someone capable of taking up his designated roster spot.

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According to a number of reports, most notably the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, that man could be former first round pick JaVale McGee with whom the franchise is believed to have opened discussions.

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In search of a new center, the Star-Telegram noted that Dallas are in "aggressive contract talks" with the 27-year-old - most recently of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Having been blighted by injury in recent years McGee is coming off a career low year in a season that ended for him in March after the Sixers waived him. Indeed, having played in just 28 games in two seasons (missing over 100) it is health concerns that are the crux of any deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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During his seven year career to date the 2008 draft's 18th overall pick has averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Mavericks fans are unlikely to be appeased by the move for JaVale McGee, but at this stage of free agency with all the top tier of talent having signed deals elsewhere, the Texas franchise don't have much choice after a difficult week.

The seven-footer has talent if he can stay on the court consistently and is unlikely to command too much of the Mavericks' available salary.

Due to his relatively low contract demands - the veteran's minimum has been mooted - the Dallas Mavericks could actually face competition from several teams for the big man.

The likes of the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors have all been mentioned as potential destinations for McGee this offseason.

The Mavericks though appeared to have made the most serious attempts to bring the veteran on board in the past 24 hours.

Mavs fans: Where does DeAndre Jordan's u-turn leave your championship hopes? Have your say in the comments below...

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