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Pacers Close To Losing Out On Gortat

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Mark Stein of ESPN.com is reporting the Dallas Mavericks are close to signing Marcin Gortat. Stein said Gortat gave a verbal committment to the Mavs to sign an offer sheet next week. The Indiana Pacers have been linked to Gortat since the free agent market opened on Wednesday morning. The Rockets, Spurs, Hawks, Cavs and Thunder have also been heavily interested in the restricted free agent.

Stein said the Mavs' deal is expected to be worth the team's full mid-level exception, a five-year offer starting at $5.6 million. The Pacers have $8 million available to spend on free agents this summer. It appears that the Mavs offer will effectively end the Pacers pursuit of the 6-foot-11 power forward.

Gortat averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds during Orlando's trip through the NBA Postseason this Spring.