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One of the most surprising things that the defending champion Dallas Mavericks did this offseason—or rather not do—was bring back free agents JJ Barea, Caron Bulter, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson.
Tyson Chandler was the key to their successful championship run, averaging eight points, 9.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in the playoffs. On top of that, he brings a sense of leadership and toughness that this team has lacked throughout the years.
In an attempt to save cap space for the 2012 offseason featuring Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, it is hard to see a championship team at the moment. Recently-acquired Lamar Odom and Vince Carter should be able to add depth to this aging roster, but without a strong solid center to protect the paint, this is not going to be an easy season for Dallas.