Many Tough Player Decisions Ahead for Dallas Mavericks

By Andy Schmidt
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The Dallas Mavericks finished the 2012-13 NBA season with a 41-41 record while missing the playoffs. As the offseason begins, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about this team going into next season. Dallas has eight free agents on their roster and could see a major turnover in talent.

There are players like Elton Brand and Chris Kaman that could be gone before next season begins but I would think that Dallas would want to re-sign at least one of those two. The two play a very similar position between center and power forward. Dallas obviously still has Dirk Nowitzki around but you need help around him. I would expect that Brand will be the one that returns next year though. He averaged seven points and six rebounds a game this season and while those numbers were far below his career average, he is a solid presence down low.

Dallas didn’t have any problems scoring last season being eighth in the NBA with over 101 points a game. Their ability to score could be hampered if O.J. Mayo leaves town and he has said that he will decline a player option to become a free agent. Mayo is the only other true threat to score outside of Nowitzki. He has stated that he would like to return but at what price?

This team is going to be built around Mayo and Nowitzki probably with the rest of the free agents going elsewhere. There are going to be a ton of changes happening and it will be interesting to see how many players remain with the team.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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