Mavericks to sign Kemba Walker on one-year, non-guaranteed deal, waive Facundo Campazzo, per report


The Dallas Mavericks are considering signing former All-Star point guard Kemba Walker and ditching Facundo Campazzo. Mark Stein. Dallas, who are reportedly under a one-year non-guaranteed contract with Walker, originally tried to sign Walker as a free agent in 2019, but he joined the Boston Celtics instead, but things didn’t quite go as planned. plan. He is not expected to be in the game right away, as he last played in an NBA game in February with the Knicks.

After an All-Star season in which the Celtics had two wins before the Finals, Walker struggled to stay healthy in Boston. He was traded to Oklahoma City with a first-round pick for Al Horford before he declined and signed with the New York Knicks. His homecoming started off promisingly, but he was eventually dropped from the rotation. He was traded to Detroit in the off-season as a cap-dropping maneuver and has struggled to find a home ever since.

But on paper, Dallas presents a great theoretical opportunity for him. The Mavericks are desperate for ball control after losing Jalen Brunson as a free agent this offseason. Their offense falls off a cliff whenever Luka Doncic sits idle and the defense can fully exploit him as the only credible threat to the Mavericks, who have lost four games in a row and just dropped below .500 to 9-10. . Shot making was Walker’s best skill at the peak of his career, and he comes to Dallas, apparently on a minimum wage contract.

Walker is only 32 years old. He’s struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but it’s worth noting that just two seasons ago, Walker was averaging 19.3 points per game. He may not be who he used to be, but the Mavericks are betting that he still has some good basketball left. Considering how badly the rest of their team played offensively, it’s hard to imagine Walker making things worse.