Confusion abounds for the Dallas Mavericks.
This was supposed to be a prosperous summer, an offseason that made people remember why it is the Mavs dissolved a championship team, almost immediately after they won a title.
Last summer was supposed to be one in the same. Deron Williams. Nowitzki. Cap space. Similar visions of brilliance existed leading into free agency.
Now, just like last summer, the Mavs are preparing to emerge from the free-agency fray without a superstar, or even a clear sense of direction.
So long as Dirk is still prepared to take the floor, however, the show must go on. Dallas must do its best to field a competitive outfit, then go from there.
Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington are already aboard, but they're just the beginning. The Mavericks need more bodies.
Preferably ones that have a shot at keeping Dirk content for as long as possible.