The Dallas Mavericks missed center Tyson Chandler this year, and the team will reportedly look to fix the lack of a shot-blocking man in the middle by going after Indiana Pacers' center Roy Hibbert in free agency.
DallasBasketball.com's Mike Fisher reports that the Mavericks will look to target Hibbert as their second target after New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams.
There's one catch: Hibbert is a restricted free agent, so the Pacers can match any offer for their 25-year-old, All-Star center. And they will likely do so with with only about $51.6 million in committed 2012-13 salaries. Hibbert broke out in 2011-12, averaging 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks sorely missed Chandler in the middle of their lineup this year, as the Mavs opted not to re-sign him after he helped them to an NBA title last year. Chandler averaged nearly a double-double with the Mavericks in their title-winning season.
Fisher reports that the Mavericks' "Plan A" remains going after Williams, who is a Dallas native. For comparison's sake, the Los Angeles Clippers matched a $43 million offer sheet from the Golden State Warriors for DeAndre Jordan last offseason. Hibbert figures to see an even bigger contract than Jordan.