New-look Mavs face immediate test

Updated: February 16, 2010, 2:47 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks don't need to be reminded of how difficult it is to mesh after pulling off a blockbuster deal just before the trade deadline.

They tried it a couple of years ago. It didn't work out too well.

The Mavs traded for Jason Kidd because they believed it would push them back into the Western Conference's elite. Instead a team that was 35-18 at the time of the deal played .500 basketball the rest of the season, including a five-game first-round playoff exit.

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