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When Dallas broke up the championship roster by allowing Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea to walk, the plan was clear.
Sign another superstar to go with Dirk Nowitzki or fail trying.
In 2012 it was a big swing and a miss. Deron Williams stayed with the Nets, and Dwight Howard never even reached free agency.
Now, the Mavs seem to be gearing up for the same strategy for 2013.
They have continued to clear cap space and hope they can convince a big fish to come to Dallas and team up with Dirk.
It's the way the NBA is headed, and it seems that Cuban and company seem to think this is the best way to go.
Even though it didn't work this free-agency period, the Mavericks have to continue to stick with the plan.
Howard, Chis Paul, James Harden and Josh Smith could all be on the open market. Dallas just has to keep cap space available and hope one of them chooses to come to the "Big D."
It may not seem like the best strategy to fans, but adding a player the caliber of Howard is the only way to ensure long-term success.
The Mavericks has been smart thus far by not spending big on mediocre players, and they need to continue to save.
Dallas is an attractive destination, and with myriad big names set to hit free agency next offseason, the Mavs’ best bet is to be patient and stick to the program.