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Kelenna Azubuike To Sign With Mavericks

According to Marc Stein's sources, the Mavericks are about to sign swingman Kelenna Azubuike:

The Mavericks recently waived Sean Williams and it seems set that the former Golden State Warrior will get the spot. In four seasons with the Warriors, Azubuike shot 40.9% from deep and was also considered a reliable defender within a team that didn't play defense at all. The Mavs can certainly use a threat beyond the arc, they only rank 20th in 3FG% this year and are far away from the percentages that fueled the championship run last year.

Azubuike has the potential to turn into a "Peja Stojakovic" for the Mavs, although there is not much time and training left to incorporate him into the lineup. If used, he would take away minutes from Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, assuming that Marion will slide over to the power forward more often.

After missing the entire last season because of a knee injury, Kelenna begins his stint in Frisco with the Legends, will train with them tonight and probably play as soon as tomorrow against the Reno Bighorns.

Rob Mahoney:

Azubuike flies well under the radar for some reason, but brings a rather complete package to the table for a role player: he defends well, has put up some stunning percentages from the outside (he’s a career 41-percent shooter from beyond the arc), and taps into his natural athleticism by being an active cutter. He’s not all that much of a shot creator, but could be a great, low-cost option on the wing if everything goes according to plan.