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Mavericks May Sign Dennis Rodman

January 10, 2000

DALLAS (AP) _ New Dallas Mavericks owner-in-waiting Mark Cuban is considering signing flamboyant Dallas-born forward Dennis Rodman, The Dallas Morning News reported today.

Unidentified sources told the newspaper that Cuban talked with coach and general manager Don Nelson about such a move as part of a sweeping evaluation of the team roster.

Nelson wouldn’t comment on the report. However, Cuban told The News that ``there would not be any philosophical reasons″ against signing Rodman.

``Obviously, you have to look at the impact on the team’s chemistry,″ he told the newspaper in a question-and-answer session published Saturday. ``But it’s hard to tell if you’ve got a Randy Moss or a (troublemaker). It’s not a science.″

No decision has been made on whether an offer will be made to the 38-year-old former Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers power forward, The News reported.

The 13-year NBA veteran and seven-time rebounding champion would be eligible to sign for a minimum of $1 million. However, the Mavericks are over their $34 million salary cap.

The newspaper said Rodman would address three of the club’s three most pressing needs _ rebounding, defense and drawing power.

However, Rodman has created disturbances on his teams through skipped practices and off-court legal troubles. Since November, he has been arrested twice _ for drunken driving, and for a fight with wife Carmen Electra in Miami.

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