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Mavericks to sign Maxi Kleber to four year, $35 million deal

Mavericks sign Maxi Kleber to four year, $35 million deal

NBA: Dallas Mavericks-Media Day Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have signed restricted free agent Maxi Kleber to a long-term deal, and one that looks strikingly similar to the one they signed Seth Curry to earlier today.

The deal is reportedly for four years and, depending on which source you trust more, either $35 million or $33 million...

I’m going to go with Stein for now, just because he had this extra little bit of information:

The big German from Wurzburg (yup, that still feels weird) is just 27 years old. While he’s no Dirk Nowitzki, Maxi has shown himself to be a solid defender (1.9 blocks per 36 minutes last year) as well as an improving three-point shooter (35% last year, up from 31% his rookie season).

A “3 and D” big man is exactly what every team in the NBA is looking for these days, as offenses stretch out to the three-point line more often and unclog the lane, so Kleber’s lack of offense outside of spot-up shooting shouldn’t be a problem for the Mavericks in the coming years. And, with a team-friendly contract like this, Kleber can only be seen as an asset for Dallas.

One additional piece of good news here is that Maxi’s deal won’t keep the Mavericks from signing other free agents: