2012 NBA Free Agents: Mavericks Must Go All Out to Chase Another Championship

May 1st, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The Dallas Mavericks' long-term plan for NBA title contention has been vindicated, to some extent, by a pair of close losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavs have managed to hang tough with the team that many have picked to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, even after parting ways with a slew of key contributors from last year's championship team, Tyson Chandler chief among them.

The true success or failure of Marc Cuban's master plan for domination in the NBA, though, can't even begun to be judged until the upcoming offseason, when Deron Williams and Dwight Howard come into play.

Williams is due to hit free agency for the first time in his career after spending the last season-and-a-half toiling amidst mediocrity with the New Jersey Nets. GM Billy King seems to think that he can convince D-Will to stick around for the much-anticipated move to Brooklyn, despite the team compiling an abysmal record of 29-62 since he arrived by way of a shocking trade with the Utah Jazz in February of 2011.

Would Williams—who will turn 28 in late June and is as eager as any s ...

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