The Dallas Mavericks haved acquired Zaza Pachulia from the Milwaukee Bucks for a future second-round pick, the team officially announced Thursday. The Mavericks will be absorbing the final year of Pachulia's $5.2 million into their existing cap space.
The current Buck is a 12-year NBA veteran who was drafted by Orlando in 2003 and spent most of his career as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. A career backup, Pachulia has consistently put up reasonable numbers, usually averaging between 6 to 8 points and 6 to 7 rebounds per game.
Without a center on the roster after DeAndre Jordan burned the team on Wednesday, Pachulia is an early favorite to start at center. The 6'11, 270-pound Georgian native adds size to a front court which has Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Dwight Powell, and Charlie Villanueva. After absorbing the deal, the Mavericks still have between $10 and 12 million in cap space with which to fill out the roster.