Former Philadelphia 76er Boban Marjanovic will sign with the Dallas Mavericks, accepting a two year, $7 million deal per Marc Stein of the New York Times and Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Boban is a four year NBA veteran, joining the NBA in the 2015-16 season. He turns 31 in August and is the largest player in the NBA at 7’3” and a listed 290 pounds. Though his sheer size would suggest a defensive specialist, Bobab’s a remarkably effective offensive player. He has excellent touch, posting a 64.3 true shooting percentage and a per 36 minute average of 23 points and 14.5 rebounds.
His challenge as a NBA player has always been a byproduct of his size: he simply can’t play very many minutes without getting gassed. Yet in those limited minutes he’s very effective: 1.23 points per possession as the roll man (rolls account for 16 percent of his offensive possessions).
He’s also been one of the league’s most popular players with hardcore fans. His friendship with Tobias Harris and their various shenanigans are worth googling. Boban should be a big hit in the Dallas market and in the Mavericks locker room.
The very strange Dallas Mavericks off season continues. While Dallas does need another big for the rotation, the largest man in the NBA was not on any Mavericks free agency list. This signing also likely means the end of the Salah Mejri era.