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.