Editor’s note: We’ve removed a pair of tweets from a fake account that claimed to be Kleber. Our apologies.
Thursday afternoon, news broke from two different sources that the Dallas Mavericks have signed German forward Maxi Kleber to a minimum deal that’s only partially guaranteed.
Source: The Mavs signed German F Maxi Kleber to a partially guaranteed minimum deal. Kleber, 25, is from Dirk Nowitzki's hometown Wurzburg.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2017
Readers tell me that Andre Voigt is the best German basketball reporter, so at this point it’s safe to assume the deal is done, but figuring out what it means is much more challenging. My best guess is that the partial guarantee was done as a way to ensure Kleber gets at least some money, but since it’s at the minimum the deal is a low risk move for the Mavericks if they choose to move on from him during or before training camp.
What do we know of Kleber? Right now, very little. We do know that he hails from Wurtzberg Germany, the same hometown as Dirk Nowitzki. He is a 6’9”, 25-year-old forward and appears to have at least three seasons of professional experience, spending one season in the Liga ACB league with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro and the past two seasons in the Eurocup league with Bayern Munich.
It’s safe to assume the Mavericks wanted Kleber on the Summer League roster, but it wasn’t possible for whatever reason. He should be in training camp, barring any summer developments, and we’ll get to know more about Kleber as we get closer to the season.