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Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with Boban Marjanovic

Dallas Mavericks Boban Marjanovic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks signed Boban Marjanovic in the summer of 2019. They were looking for a reserve big man, and Bobi was an analytics darling. Marjanovic came with rave reviews from all his former teammates too, but the Mavs were pleasantly surprised by the results.

Boban quickly struck up a friendship with Mavs superstar Luka Doncic and is a massive positive in the locker room. The 7’4 big man is always smiling and spreading joy. Marjanovic can change the game on the court too. His sheer size and soft touch make him a nightmare to guard in the paint. Boban was thrust into the starting lineup for the final three games of the Mavericks’ first-round playoff series against the Clippers because the team needed a rebounding and rim protection boost. Marjanovic delivered as he does any time his number gets called.

Bobi was an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but he agreed to return to Dallas just minutes after talks were allowed, according to Shams Charania. It was rumored that he would stay but the agreement is in place now. The contract cannot be signed until Aug. 6. Here is a closer look at what to expect from Boban.

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Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with Boban Marjanovic: What to expect from him

Marjanovic will continue to be the Mavs’ third center. He is a matchups option. The 7’4 big man cannot defend on the perimeter, and he can be played off the floor by quicker centers. In the right matchup, Boban can swing the game. He had a 31-point 17-rebound game against the Nuggets just before the shutdown in 2020. Marjanovic is a walking double-double that will win the Mavs more than a few games during his new deal.

The 32-year-old will be an important piece in the locker room as well. Boban Marjanovic always brings a smile and can lighten the mood.

The Dallas Mavericks are far from done making moves. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for more on the Boban signing and analysis on every transaction this offseason.

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