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The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a championship season.
And while most defending champions usually don’t need to make moves, the Mavs could lose some key pieces to last year’s run.
J.J. Barea, Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler have indicated that they are most likely not returning to the Mavs (source: ESPN Dallas).
Tyson Chandler anchored the defense for the Mavs as they finally had a big man to complement Dirk Nowitzki and protect the rim.
J.J. Barea was a high-energy point guard for the Mavs, giving Jason Kidd much needed rest and providing some much needed offense for them.
While Caron Butler sat out the playoffs and most of the season with a knee injury, he is a borderline all-star swingman capable of putting up 20 points a night.
With all these players likely leaving, Dallas will need to make some moves to replace them.
Jamal Crawford is available and may replace the instant scoring they lost, and if the Mavs are willing to spend a little bit of money, centers like Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan are also available.
Whatever the case may be, the Mavs need to make a big splash in free agency.