Mavericks sign DeSagana Diop
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent
center DeSagana Diop. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not
Diop (7-0, 280) joins the Mavericks for a second stint after being traded to
the New Jersey Nets last February in a deal that brought Jason Kidd, Antoine
Wright and Malik Allen to Dallas. Diop, who was originally acquired by the
Mavericks via free agency on Aug. 19, 2005, played in 214 games (72 starts)
for Dallas and averaged 2.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.50 blocks in 18.1
minutes per game.
The Dakar, Senegal native spent his first four seasons with the Cleveland
Cavaliers after being selected by Cleveland in the first round (eighth pick
overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft. He holds career averages of 2.1 points, 3.9
rebounds and 1.19 blocks in 434 games.
A former high school standout, Diop attended basketball powerhouse Oak Hill
Academy. As a senior at Oak Hill, Diop was named USA Today Virginia Player
of the Year while leading his squad to a 33-0 record and a No. 1 national
ranking. Diop declared eligibility for the 2000 NBA Draft after his senior
campaign where he averaged 14.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 8.0 blocks per
game while shooting better than 60 percent from the floor.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Gana back into the Mavericks family,"
President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Donnie Nelson said. "At
the age of 26, he is a young center in his prime that also possesses
significant playoff experience. He was a big part of our Finals run with his
ability to defend, block shots and rebound. We are pleased to regain is
presence both in the paint and in the locker room."