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I'm not too sure what was going through the genius minds of the champion Dallas Mavericks' front office, but they are not yet looking primed for a repeat next season.
As of right now, the Mavericks have six unrestricted free agents, including players integral to their postseason success. J.J. Barea, Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, Peja Stojakovic and Brian Cardinal are five of the six free agents Dallas used very effectively in their playoff run. The injured Caron Butler is the sixth, and there's no questioning his offensive abilities.
If the Mavs are unable to re-sign these players, their rotation looks very slim, to say the least. They would have a starting lineup of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood, with Rudy Fernandez, Rodrigue Beaubois, Corey Brewer, Dominique Jones and Ian Mahimi off the bench.
That is not a lineup built for success—especially the bench. Since those players were so important to the championship run, free agency will be very important for the Mavs this offseason.
Right now, though, the Mavericks don't appear to be positioned as well as would be ideal. Tyson Chandler sounds like he wants to explore his options, and J.J. Barea has displayed interest in other teams like the Heat, Knicks and Lakers.
Both players have also expressed a preference to return if the money is right, but good luck getting back to the finals if you can't re-sign either of them.