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Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: December 31, 2011 8:59 am
By Matt Moore

Kyrylo Fesenko is still a free agent. Now, most players who are still free agents at this point are insignificant, and Fesenko isn't going to be winning any MVP awards for anyone this season. But he's a young, capable big who can provide another body down low and has both scoring and rebounding ability, even if it's (serverely) limited. In a season as stacked as this, every big counts. 

So where's he going to end up? A deal with the Warriors fell through earlier this week and now reports that Fesenko is now leaning towards Dallas, who could certainly use the help.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in the mix to land free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko after the Golden State Warriors passed on the Ukranian big man, according to sources close to the situation.

Fesenko had committed to signing with the Warriors earlier this week, but sources told that Golden State and Fesenko "mutally" canceled their plans to finalize a one-year deal worth just under $1.1 million, in part because Fesenko needs an additional week or two to get into game shape after September knee surgery.

Sources said Fesenko is now leaning toward accepting the Mavs' one-year minimum offer and is likely to make a decision by early next week.
via Sources: Mavericks back in mix for Fesenko - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas.

Interestingly, even after Chandler's departure, play down low hasn't been the problem for Dallas. Brendan Haywood has played at least admirably, Ian Mahinmi has had good stretches, and Sean Williams has even contributed with energy and rebounding. So Fesenko's not going to be of a huge help to them, but with the injury history of both Haywood and Mahinmi, it's still a need. And at this point, the Mavericks need all the help they can get. 

Fesenko averaged just 2 points and 2 boards in 8 minutes last season.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:38 am

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

Wow I can't believe that you think Dallas is so superior to OKC. If I had to make a choice for the top 3 teams in the west OKC would be in there along side the Mavs. If there was a team to watch out for OKC would be the one. They made it to the final four in the west without Gay last season. I'm going to go on limb on this one but I would beat to say that the final two in the west are OKC and Dallas. 

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:31 am

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

With Mahimi really picking it up at backup center, not sure how many minutes he'll get.  It sounds like another cheap, 1-year insurance policy for cubes and the Mavs...

Go ahead, sleep on the Mavs this season too!


Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:45 pm

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

despreate attempt to salvage their season?? wow. the thunder has NO chance of even making the finals with that bum westbrook as the PG. I guarentee the mavs make it farther then the thunder do. you will continiously enjoy one failure after another with westbrook as the PG.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:37 pm

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

I can say back to reality!! The mavs dont have a chance in the west with the Thunder in the way.  This is just a desperate attempt to salvage their season. 

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:25 pm

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

Wow, what a signing! Can you say back to back?

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