Mavs Acquire Zaza Pachulia From Bucks

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8:02pm: The trade is official, the Mavericks and Bucks announced via press release. A future second-rounder is on the way to the Bucks in the transaction.

7:55pm: The Bucks would receive a second round pick in return from Dallas, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweets.

7:53pm: The Mavericks and Bucks are engaged in discussions regarding Dallas acquiring Zaza Pachulia, Marc Stein of reports (on Twitter). It’s unclear what Milwaukee is seeking in return for the 31-year-old center, be it draft picks or players. Pachulia is set to earn $5.2MM next season, the final year of his current deal.

Dallas is badly in need of help at center after being spurned by unrestricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, who reversed course on Dallas after reaching a verbal agreement on a contract and returned to the Clippers. Pachulia would certainly be a step down talent-wise from Jordan or last year’s starter, Tyson Chandler, but the Mavericks are stuck having to sift through the remaining available players in the wake of the flurry of signings that became official today.

Pachulia appeared in 73 games for the Bucks last season, including 45 as a starter, and averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 23.7 minutes per contest. His slash line was .454./.000/.788. Through 12 NBA campaigns the big man’s numbers are 7.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 1.2 APG.

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