Monday January 26th, 2015

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to sign center Jermaine O’Neal before the All-Star break, reports’s Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that there was currently no news regarding a potential signing of the veteran.

Last month, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was not in a hurry to sign anyone after trading Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks to Boston for point guard Rajon Rondo.

“I don't know if he wants to come here. [There are] a lot of decisions to be made before then," Cuban said about O’Neal.

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O’Neal recently traveled to Germany to undergo treatment on his knees and has been working out near his home in Dallas. The Portland Trail Blazers, with whom O’Neal spent his first four NBA seasons, have also reportedly shown interest in the 18-year veteran.

O'Neal, a six-time All-Star, has averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over his career. He spent 44 games last season with the Golden State Warriors, averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

The Mavericks (30-15) are sixth in the Western Conference, have lost two games in a row and play three of their next four games on the road.

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