At 14-23, things are looking rather gloomy for the Dallas Mavericks this season.
Dallas has made the postseason 12 consecutive times, but that streak is in serious danger, as this year's team has failed to meet expectations nearly halfway through the season.
After their championship in 2011, the Mavericks made a strategic decision to let go of some key players from that team, like Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea, so that they could build up cap room for the 2012 offseason.
Dallas struck out last offseason, however, missing out on Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Instead, they were forced to sign a litany of short-term contracts and try their luck again next offseason.
Although they were able to sign some talented players, the results just have not been there yet for the Mavs.
While the offseason is still a ways away, there are many expiring contracts the Mavericks need to dump so that they can try to rebuild again at the end of the year.