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Peja to Mavs close (UPDATE)

Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 8:10 pm
 
The Mavs are close to a verbal agreement to sign Peja Stojakovic once he clears waivers Monday, two league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Only hours after his buyout with Toronto was finalized, the Mavs expressed "strong interest," said the source, who added that Dallas fits Stojakovic's desire to hook up with a Western Conference contender.

Stojakovic is expected to sign a one-year deal at the prorated veteran's minimum of $1.4 million on Monday after the 48-hour waiver period expires. 

The 33-year-old only appeared in two games for Toronto this season as he battled knee trouble and got shuffled out of the rotation by the Raptors' youth movement. It's a low-risk and potentially high-reward move for Dallas, which needs a floor-spacer to fill the void left by Caron Butler's season-ending knee injury.

Stojakovic is expected to commit to the Mavs at some point Thursday night. He was also interested in the Lakers and Hornets and received interest from some Eastern Conference contenders.

UPDATE: To clear a roster spot for Stojakovic, the Mavs will trade Alexis Ajinca to Toronto along with the second-round pick previously dealt to Dallas for Solomon Alabi and cash for the rights to Greek forward Giorgos Printezis, sources said. 
Comments

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Peja to Mavs close (UPDATE)

If the Kings want to get some of the fans from the 2002 season, Peja is a no-brainer.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Peja to Mavs close (UPDATE)

Because if Dallas does that they go on the hook for the remainder of his salary.  So wait two days and get him for the minimum or trade for him now and pay him millions.  Seems pretty smart to me.



Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Peja to Mavs close (UPDATE)

why not just include him in the trade? seems dumb for both teams.


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