Found May 07, 2012 on Crossover Chronicles:
The Dallas Mavericks defense of their 2011 NBA title is over after being swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night. There was a lot said about how the Mavericks title defense was not an all-in proposition because owner Mark Cuban wanted to be a player in this summer's free agency. That is why they did not sign Tyson Chandler to a long-term deal, why they let J.J. Barea, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson suffer similar fates (though Barea and Butler got paid, so maybe suffer is not the right word to use).  The Mavs face some tough situations this summer as well.  Many have written that the plan for the Mavs was to sign Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Plan A is out the window, at least for this summer since Howard opted in to the final year of his contract. Williams is still a possibility though, which would mean the Mavs would have some tough decisions on Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. Jeff Caplan with ESPN Dallas writes Kidd is leaving his options open, including hoo...

Report: Kidd not retiring, expects to sign early

Jason Kidd might have played his last game as a Dallas Maverick on Saturday, but it won't be the final game of his storied career. "I'll land somewhere early, I would think," Kidd told The Dallas Morning News. Kidd became an unrestricted free agent after the defending NBA Champions were swept out of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks...

Cuban blames CBA for Mavs exit

Mark Cuban has been taking some heat for the defending champion Mavericks' early playoff exit.  The owner has decided to fight back by blaming the newly installed Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Jason Kidd Mavs Donuts: The Video Visit

The Mavs organization, Jason Kidd says, ‘probably has more hard decisions to make than at any time ever.’ And Kidd – the 39-year-old legend – is a hub of the wheel of those hard decisions. Dallas needs him to be a recruiter … but as he’s a free agent, first it needs to recruit him. My thoughts on Kidd’s future – and a Video Visit with Kidd himself … In Jason Kidd Mavs Donuts:

Mavs face uncertainty heading into offseason

DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks are being scattered into pieces and we don't mean that as a metaphor. Foundation players Jason Terry and Jason Kidd have uncertain futures. MVP Dirk Nowitzki is offering ideas for what needs to happen to next year's roster, and that means more changes. And even coach Rick Carlisle followed Saturday's 102-97 loss to Oklahoma City which completed...

Terry gives jersey to long-time Mavs fan

DALLAS -- Jason Terry isn't supposed to give his jersey away after games. Many of the jerseys that NBA players wear have already been purchased by fans in advance. But Terry didn't care about that Saturday night. In what could be his final game with the Mavericks, the 13-year NBA veteran handed his uniform to Neal Hawks, a long-time Mavericks season ticket holder. "...

Was the Mavericks' lost season worth it?

The farce is over. The Mavericks 2011-12 season has come to an abrupt and fitting end, so it's time for the Deron Williams watch to begin. Mavs owner Mark Cuban is now attempting to hedge his bet by saying he doesn't have a specific plan in mind this summer. But anyone who professes to believe that is likely drawing a paycheck from the man. It's hard to recall an...

Of course Lamar Odom won't get a share of Mavs' playoff money

The Dallas Mavericks have decided they will not give Lamar Odom a playoff share, about $14,000. It was a players vote following Dallas' first round sweep at the hands of the Thunder that determined Odom would miss out on the money. The team had already banished Odom after a season of ups and downs, but mostly downs. Circumstances in his personal life made it a tough go for Lamar...

Nowitzki Praises Carlisle, Stops Short Of Lobbying For Return

Donnie Nelson continues to insist that Rick Carlisle will remain with Dallas next season despite being in limbo on his contract.

Revamped Mavs exit playoffs

When the Dallas Mavericks returned home for Game 3 of this first-round series, they greeted fans with royal blue T-shirts bearing the slogan, "All-In." It was a take-off on owner Mark Cuban's question to Lamar Odom in the halftime locker room during a game in Memphis in early April. In truth, many of the players didn't believe the owner was "all in...

Dirk Nowitzki shines in defeat. Thunder sweep Mavericks 103-97

DALLAS – Break out your brooms, the sweep is over. There were some dramatic moments in this four game series. But none were more dramatic than the posture of the Mavericks captain Dirk Nowitzki leaving the court. His stellar 34 point performance was not enough. Please click the link below to read the rest of this story and watch recap video from Game 4.

Where do the Mavs go from here?

What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year the Dallas Mavericks were headed to the NBA Finals after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now their offseason has already begun after getting swept at the hands of that same Thunder team. The Thunder did not change their team all that much, they were just young and with a year's more experience, they got a lot better...
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