Posted by Ben Golliver.
The NBA's king of smack talk is headed to the Jersey Shore.
ESPNNY.com reports that free agent guard DeShawn Stevenson has agreed to a 1-year contract with the New Jersey Nets for a reported $2.5 million.
He plugs into a Nets roster that is fairly talentless on the wings. Anthony Morrow and rookie MarSon Brooks got the bulk of the minutes alongside All-Star point guard Deron Williams during the preseason.
Stevenson, 30, spent the 2010-2011 season with the NBA title-winning Dallas Mavericks. A physical, aggressive defender, Stevenson played mental games with Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James throughout the Finals, saying that James "checked out" at times during the series. Following the Finals, Stevenson wore a t-shirt that read "LeBron, how's my Dirk taste?" and was arrested for public intoxication.
An 11-year NBA veteran, Stevenson has career averages of 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Prior to landing in Dallas, Stevenson played for the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
Stevenson becomes the fourth prominent member of the 2011 Mavericks to find a new home this offseason. Center Tyson Chandler signed with the New York Knicks, guard J.J. Barea signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and forward Caron Butler signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.