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In an effort to make a move for Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the Mavericks cleared a ton of cap space for this offseason, but were once again left without the marquee free agent they were looking for.
Since then, they've used some of the money they've saved to rebuild the backcourt, bringing in Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis. Both are an upgrade over what the Mavs had last season and are collectively a good Plan B to what the front office was originally aiming for.
With Dirk Nowitzki nearing the end of his career, Dallas still wants to compete in the playoffs, as it would be unfair to completely retool around him before he gets another shot at a title. If that's the case, though, it'll need to start making a lot more additions.
The backcourt is solid as is, but Nowitzki needs help in the frontcourt. After losing Chris Kaman and Elton Brand, the Mavs would be wise to look at the likes of Nikola Pekovic, Greg Oden, Samuel Dalembert, DeJuan Blair and Timofey Mozgov to pair with Dirk.
UPDATE: Dallas Mavericks agreed in principle with Samuel Dalembert on July 18, per ESPN.