The Dallas Mavericks believe Samuel Dalembert has turned into one of the biggest bargains from last offseason's free agency, with averages of 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks will "absolutely" keep Dalembert next season. Dalembert has a partially guaranteed deal for 2014-15 worth $3.8 million.

“He was the last thing on the board, so he was the only bargain,’’ Nelson said on Tuesday. “Honestly, that was one of things that (last summer) we’re looking at him and he’s looking at us.

“It’s like the prom, and we’re the last two ones standing by the wall. Well, "You want to do this thing?’’