After two years building a roster on the notion of temporary, the Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban are ready for something a little more permanent.
The question is whether finding new partners for Dirk Nowitzki - or deciding to keep some of the old ones - starts during the NBA draft Thursday night or in free agency next week.
While Cuban still believes the Mavericks did the right thing when they decided not to keep several key pieces of the franchise's first championship team in 2011, the reality of missing the playoffs for the first time in a full season as owner had him conceding a few points.
Among them: It would be nice to plug in key players who are going to be around awhile.
''We've turned over pieces before, a lot of pieces before. It's just that the remaining pieces were a little more of a core,'' Cuban said when the end of Dallas' 12-season playoff streak was all but official. ''We want to add the right pieces, but corporate ...