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In case you haven't heard yet, Chris Webber is being bought out of his contract in Philadelphia. That makes him a free agent and there are already plenty of teams rumored to be lookg at him. The Knicks and Lakers have been most prominently mentioned as destinations.

You can reportedly add Dallas to that list.

The Mavericks plan to take a look at Chris Webber if and when he gets released by the Philadelphia 76ers, but the chances of signing the former All-Star power forward are believed to be slim.

Despite his diminished production this season, Webber figures to command a lot of interest from the league's elite teams. The list of possible suitors would also likely include San Antonio, Phoenix, defending champion Miami, Detroit and others in need of a battle-tested veteran once considered among the best in the league at his position.

"If I'm putting myself in his shoes, he would want to compete and play for a championship-caliber team," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Wednesday. "We're one of those teams he could make a 'run for the roses' with."
It seems logical to think that Webber will want to sign with a serous contender but there are other factors involved. First of all, Webber is forfeiting 5 million to be bought out and Dallas could only offer their 1.75 million biannual exception. He might be looking to get a contract big enough to make up the difference. Secondly, Webber is apparently looking to go somewhere and get significant minutes. That wouldn't be the case in Dallas.
The disadvantages could be the lack of playing time with the Mavs - Nelson estimates it's somewhere between 7 and 15 minutes per game - and Webber's physical state.

"Can he add something to the mix? The obvious answer is yes," Nelson said. "But it's complicated. We don't want to do anything to upset the balance of this really cool chemistry we have on this team right now."

Webber in Dallas is something that has to at least be considered since our backup PF right now (Devean George) isn't actually a power forward.

That said, George has played well, and I'm not sure Webber is really the right guy to fill that hole. He's already missed 16 games this season and is averaging a career low in points (11.3). His rebounds per game (8.3) and assists per game (3.4) are also quite a bit below his career averages.

Add all that in, plus the possibility of chemistry issues, plus I hated him as a King, plus he can't play defense, plus the fact that Mensah-Bonsu or Barea would have to be cut, and the idea just doesn't do much for me.

I don't really want to see Dallas make any deals or signing unless they involve Anthony Johnson or Croshere for youth. Like I said during the Iverson rumors - leave the team alone.

Prediction: Webber ends up a Laker.