The Dallas Mavericks were riding high heading into the 2011-12 season. They were coming off of the franchise’s first-ever NBA title, and the team’s new-look roster seemed potent and ready to make another run.
However, their season as defending champions did not go as anyone in the Dallas locker room would have envisioned. The team struggled all season long with injuries, chemistry issues and an inability to score, all of which culminated in a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Mavs were exposed as old and slow during the lockout-shortened season and are now in desperate need of a roster overhaul to bring the team's aging superstar Dirk Nowitzki some much-needed assistance.
The quickest way to do so would be to add the biggest fish of this year's free-agent market, Deron Williams, to the roster and reload on the fly.
So, in honor of Williams' No. 8 jersey, here are eight ways the Mavericks can put a terrible 2011-12 season behind them this offseason.