NBA Playoffs 2012: After Losing Series, Mavericks Need to Make Roster Changes

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMay 6, 2012

Dirk Nowitzki.
Dirk Nowitzki.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

One team that has experienced both ups and downs this season is the Dallas Mavericks.

After persevering last season and winning the NBA Championship (the first in the team’s franchise history) against the Miami Heat, the Mavericks made the decision not to bring back the same roster for another run.

Rather, the Mavericks opted to bring in players on shorter contracts allowing them financial flexibility going forward.

According to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban a key reason for the roster decisions was due to the implications of the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and maintaining enough future financial flexibility in the process.

After losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night, the Dallas Mavericks ended their 2011-12 NBA playoff campaign and enter an offseason where changes are likely to occur.

Could veterans such as Jason Terry and Jason Kidd not be back in Big D next season?

The Mavericks need to add youth to their roster going forward. Some of their veteran players can be brought back but may have to settle for a limited role.

The Mavericks are also in need of a solid rebounder that can help them gain extra possessions on the offensive end and keep opponents at bay on the defensive end—something that Tyson Chandler provided last season.

One player that has been linked to the Mavericks has been Dallas area native Deron Williams, who is currently a member of the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and could become an unrestricted free agent on the 2012 market if he opts out of his contract.

The Mavericks have to make changes to their roster as they look to the future in Big D and Mark Cuban is the right man for the job. It could be an interesting offseason for the Mavericks.