Newest option for Mavs: roster flexibility

Mavericks additions offer roster flexibility, potential for 'a lot of fun.'

Updated: September 28, 2009, 4:48 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- After a second-round playoff exit this past spring, the Mavericks' brass believed it had a nucleus capable of contending for a championship. The Mavs also recognized that the rest of the roster had a lot of flaws.

"We needed to become more athletic, more physical, tougher and better defensively," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've done that."

They accomplished that with their one big splash of the summer: a complicated, four-team sign-and-trade deal that brought high-flying ...

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