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Dallas Mavericks plan to sign Kemba on a one-year deal: Reports

The Dallas Mavericks are planning to sign Kemba Walker, a former All-Star point guard for the ongoing season. They also plan on waiving Facundo Campazzo from the team, according to journalist Marc Stein. 

Dallas, who is reportedly bringing in Walker on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, had attempted to sign the player as a free agent in 2019, but he went on to join the Boston Celtics instead, but things didn’t exactly go according to plan. He hasn’t played an NBA game since February and conjecture over his future has only intensified.

After an All-Star season in which the Celtics came two wins short of the Finals, Walker struggled to stay healthy in Boston. He was traded to Oklahoma City with a first-round pick for Al Horford before getting waived and signing with the New York Knicks. 

His homecoming to the Knicks started out promisingly, but he was eventually relegated from the rotation. As it turned out, he was traded to Detroit in the offseason as a cap dumping maneuver and has struggled to find a team that can give him the necessary time on the court. 

But Dallas desperately is in need of a player of his profile in ball-handling after losing Jalen Brunson as a free agent this offseason. Their offensive quality deteriorates significantly whenever Luka Doncic sits out, and defenses can completely key in on him as the only reliable shot-creating threat for a Mavericks team that has lost four in a row and just slipped below .500 to 9-10. 

Creating shots was Walker’s best skill at his peak, and he comes to Dallas seemingly on a minimum-salary contract which can work wonderfully for the Texas-based unit. 

Despite having his struggles to keep himself healthy, Walker is still only 32 years old and it’s worth noting that Walker averaged 19.3 points per game only two seasons ago. He may not be as good as he once was but adds great quality instantly to Dallas with his mere presence. Considering how poorly the rest of their team has played offensively, it’s hard to imagine Walker making things worse.