ESPN reports that Dallas is closing in on signing Spurs free agent forward DeJuan Blair:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks -- who remain one of six finalists for the services of Greg Oden -- are in advanced talks to add Blair to a revamped rotation of front-court sidekicks for Dirk Nowitzki.

With one source saying Tuesday that a deal looks "promising" the former Spurs center appears poised to join new projected starting center Samuel Dalembert and the re-signed duo of Brandan Wright and Bernard James in a posse of centers to play alongside Nowitzki after Dallas lost out to Houston in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.

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Blair averaged a career low five points and four rebounds last season for San Antonio playing in just 61 contests at 15 minutes per game. After being drafted by the Spurs despite questions about his knee Blair showed early promise with his hustle and strength but has never developed much of a game on either end.

The Mavericks are desperate for depth though and Blair adds to their good-not-great frontcourt