The Dallas Mavericks faced an interesting dilemma this offseason. As touched on by Bryan Gutierrez of ESPN Dallas, the Mavs' brass was big on continuity this summer. But at the same time, the team wanted to improve markedly to make the most of Dirk Nowitzki's closing years.
Bringing back the same older team yet making large gains over last year seem like mutually exclusive ideas.
But as much as they could, the Mavs tried to do both. Though it was almost a given, the 36-year-old Nowitzki re-signed, and Devin Harris also re-upped for four years. But Vince Carter went to Memphis and it looks like Shawn Marion will also be heading somewhere else.
Using the Mavericks' official roster and adding in Jameer Nelson and the almost-official signing of Al-Farouq Aminu, Dallas will have six new players for the upcoming season. That would be almost half of the 13-man active roster.
It's not a complete roster overhaul, but it's also not exactly the 2014 Mavs all over again.
And with new faces come new starters. That five-man unit won't be the same for the 2014-15 season, and the expectations will be different. On paper this team looks better, but keep in mind that the Mavs are coming off a 49-win season.
Hopefully the results for this group match the talent.