The Dallas Mavericks were dealt a huge blow when DeAndre Jordan reneged on his commitment with them and re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavericks wasted little time getting a replacement, acquiring Zaza Pachulia from the Milwaukee Bucks for a second-round pick.
Pachulia is certainly a step down from Jordan, and the Bucks had no issues giving up the 31-year-old thanks to the recent acquisition of Greg Monroe, plus the presence of John Henson and Miles Plumlee. Pachulia averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game last season, and he really struggled offensively in the playoffs.
Even so, Pachulia is a solid presence as a big body down low, and Dallas needed that with Jordan backing out and Tyson Chandler leaving for the Phoenix Suns. Pachulia won’t be a big difference-maker or anything, but he could at least help keep the Mavericks from being a complete embarrassment on defense. He ranked seventh among centers last season in Defensive Real-Plus Minus, two slots behind Chandler and well ahead of Jordan.