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Mavs finalizing deal with Boban Marjanovic

Mavs, Boban Marjanovic

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Dallas Mavericks are on the verge of agreeing to terms with center Boban Marjanovic:

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that Marjanovic’s deal will be for $7 million over two years.

Marjanovic last played for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he quickly became a fan favorite. In fact, the 7’4 Serbian big man was beloved nearly everywhere he played, particularly in Los Angeles during a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Besides being a personable giant, Marjanovic has put up quality numbers in his last few years. Last season, he averaged 8.2 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds in just 13 minutes of playing time for the Sixers. Marjanovic shot an impressive 63 percent from the field and was nearly unguardable from close range due to his imposing height.

Marjanovic’s departure to the Mavs means separation from former teammate Tobias Harris, who he has played the last three seasons with. The two formed a duo affectionately nicknamed “Bobi and Tobi”, whose actions on and off the court amused fans worldwide.  Unfortunately, Harris will spend the foreseeable future in Philadelphia after receiving a max contract from the Sixers.

The Mavericks can add a quality frontcourt piece by acquiring Marjanovic. The Mavs already have another giant on their roster in Kristaps Porzingis. While Marjanovic will more then likely play back up to The Unicorn, it will be interesting to see if the Mavericks unleash a monstrous twin towers lineup in an age where lineups get smaller and smaller.